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Vivian Bercovici, shown with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, is Canada’s new ambassador to Israel.
Vivian Bercovici, shown with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, is Canada’s new ambassador to Israel.
(GOVERNMENT OF CANADA)

CAMPBELL CLARK

Tories find a friend on Israel policy to fill diplomat’s post

The Conservative government has reached outside the foreign service to appoint a new ambassador to Israel, naming a Toronto lawyer and commentator who has expressed admiration for the positions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Vivian Bercovici’s monthly op-ed columns in the Toronto Star have urged a hard line on Iran’s nuclear program, criticized Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, and ridiculed U.S. President Barack Obama’s “dithering” over Syria.