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Vivian Bercovici, with Foreign Minister John Baird, is a big supporter of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli government.
Vivian Bercovici, with Foreign Minister John Baird, is a big supporter of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli government.
(Government of Canada photo)

Conservatives opt for Twitter diplomacy in the Gaza conflict

Canada has never done diplomacy like this before. Vivian Bercovici, the Canadian ambassador in Tel Aviv, is online and unequivocally in sync with Israel’s government, at a time when it is locked in a conflict in Gaza.

The narrative that she’s written on Twitter, in bursts of 140 characters or fewer, has garnered notice. It’s not traditional diplomacy. It echoes Israel’s government. And it’s very different from the things her fellow ambassadors from pro-Israel allies, such as Australia or the U.S., are tweeting.