Transcript: Interview with Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Canada on Sunday for the first
time since 2002, giving speeches at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum and at a
Walk with Israel event sponsored by the UJA Federation of Greater
Toronto before heading to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Stephen
Harper on Monday.

The following is a transcript of an interview
by the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge with Netanyahu on May 30.

Prime Minister, welcome to Canada.

Netanyahu: Thank you. I’m
absolutely delighted to be here and I mean it when I say it.

There are those who say that Canada is now Israel’s closest ally.

It’s pretty close, I have to say.

Mansbridge: Who’s closer?

Well, I can tell you that I won’t make comparative rankings, but we
feel very comfortable with Canada. We’re very proud of the fact that we
have an increasingly strengthening relationship in every field — people
to people, technology to technology, universities to universities,
government to government. Stephen Harper has been a great champion of
defending Israel’s basic right to defend itself, fighting the campaign
to de-legitimize Israel. People take note. They take note of the
friendship of the government of Canada and the people of Canada. And
I’ve come here to express our appreciation for that and to seek ways to
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