Thursday, September 13, 2012

Israel thanks Canada on Iran stance

In case you hadn't heard (Where were you? Under a rock?) the Canadian government severed all diplomatic ties with Iran over the weekend.

The Canucks pulled all their staff out of Tehran last week and then shuttered their embassy there while simultaneously booting out all of Iran's diplomats from Canada. The Iranian delegation to the Great White North were given five days to scram as of last Friday.

John Baird, Canada's foreign minister, made the surprise announcement on Sept. 7, citing, among other things, Iran's threat to the global community; it's incessant calls for Israel to be wiped off the mat; and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ugly mug. Actually, that last reason never made it to Baird's talking points, but come on, you gotta know he was thinking it.

John Baird, right, greets Israeli President Shimon Peres in Ottawa earlier this year.
Anyway, since the announcement, the Iranian-Canadian community has mostly been jubilant and on Sept. 9, Israel Hayom, the country's most read daily newspaper, published a three-word thank you to Canada message on its front page.

That's pretty cool.

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