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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a welcoming ceremony in Jerusalem on Jan. 19, 2014.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a welcoming ceremony in Jerusalem on Jan. 19, 2014.
(SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

In Israel, Harper puts Canada’s ‘best friend’ status into practice

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s eight years of unequivocal backing came to life with a display of exuberant goodwill on his first day in Israel, but his first personal foray into the Middle East will still test his assertions that Canada can be the Jewish state’s staunchest ally and retain a regional role with other key players.