PM Stephen Harper's week of wonders in Israel

The prime ministerís security guards watch as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen...

The prime ministerís security guards watch as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen closely examine a model of the soon-to-be-built interpretative centre at the Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary in northern Israel on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Money for the centre was raised by the Jewish National Fund and the naming honour was given to Harper in appreciation of his support for Israel. (David AKIN/QMI Agency)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:30 PM ET

TEL AVIV, Israel - When Stephen Harper arrived at the Jerusalem office of Israel's prime minister for his first official function Sunday night, a local TV reporter told her viewers the Canadian prime minister was being given "the rock star" treatment.

And by the time Harper left Jerusalem three days later, he was an actual rock star, leading a rock band at an official dinner given in his honour to get Israel's political elite standing on their chairs singing along to the Neil Diamond hit Sweet Caroline.

Back home, Harper and his party may be down in the polls, worried about the Senate scandal and any number of domestic political issues that are dogging his eight-year-old government.

But here, it seems everyone from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayanhu to newspaper pundits to religious adherents to Jewish nature lovers think Harper is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

On all four days he's been here, it's been one precedent-setting honour after another.


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