(Ottawa, Canada) — For the past several days, I’ve been in Ottawa, Canada, with several colleagues and I wanted to give you a quick report. We met with nearly two dozen Members of Parliament (including members of the government, and members of the opposition party, the NDP) to discuss the crises facing Israel, Iran & Syria. These included:
- Honorable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas), who is also a Member of the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.
- MP Dean Allison, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Committee.
- Senator Noel Kinsella, Speaker of the Canadian Senate.
While I’m not at liberty to discuss what these Canadian officials said to me, I can share with you what my colleagues and I shared with them.
- First and foremost, I thanked the MPs from the ruling party (the Conservative Party) for having in Prime Minister Stephen Harper the most pro-Israel leader on the planet, and for being part of the most pro-Israel government on the planet. Canada is pursuing a principled and profoundly moral position with vigor, integrity and consistency. (see below)
- I noted it would be positive if Harper made a state visit to Israel this year to show his solidarity with the Jewish State. On the same trip, he could meet with Palestinian leaders, and visit King Abdullah II in Jordan who needs to be encouraged as a man of peace and strengthened against Radicals trying to bring him down and impose a Islamist regime in Amman.
- At the same time, I also thanked the Canadian leaders for showing their deep and profound support for the enslaved people of Iran. The Harper Government last fall cut ties with the Iranian regime, closed Canada’s embassy in Tehran, expelled Iranian diplomats from Canada, and are reaching out directly to the Iranian people to show solidarity with them in their suffering, and calling upon them to overthrow the Ayatollah Khamenei and his cruel dictatorship.
- We offered an analysis of the Iranian so-called “elections” coming up on Friday, who some of the key players are, and considered the Ayatollah Khamenei’s objectives.
- We discussed the current nuclear threat posed by Iran, including the Israeli Intelligence Minister’s quote that Iran is “very close” to the red line and is preparing to build 30 nuclear warheads per year. We discussed the possibility that Israel may soon have to launch a massive preemptive military strike. I gave them copies of my latest novel, Damascus Countdown, and we talked about the implications of such a preemptive strike, and why much of the world could turn against Israel. In that context, I asked the MPs to accelerate discussions they are having amongst themselves on how Canada would stand with the State of Israel if such a conflict were to break out, particularly in using their bully pulpit to tell world leaders and the media the truth about the conflict and why people of goodwill should stand with Israel to stop the Iranian mullahs from getting the Bomb that could bring about a second Holocaust, terrorize Iran’s other neighbors, and further enslave and terrorize the people of Iran.
- We discussed the civil war in Syria and the possibility that the geopolitical state of Syria we know today may not exact when the dust settles from this bloodbath. We discussed how Iran and Hezbollah are injecting themselves into the Syria conflict, not so much to prop up Assad as to hold the territory as a forward position from which to eventually attack Israel. I shared with several of the leaders the prophecies of Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 about the coming destruction of Damascus.
- We discussed how Russian President Vladimir Putin is reasserting Russian military power into the Middle East region, including naval power, and why this is so dangerous.
- We discussed who Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, how he views these various conflicts, and how he makes decisions.
- We also discussed how Christians in Canada, the U.S., and around the world are seeking to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus. It was an honor to have Tom Yancy, a Joshua Fund board member, on the trip with me to help explain how The Joshua Fund operates to educate people about what’s happening in the epicenter, and to care for the poor and needy in the region with food, clothing, medical supplies and other humanitarian relief and spiritual encouragement.
- The Abrahamic Covenant is clear — God will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel (see Genesis 12:1-3), so let us also seek to be a source of blessing. At the same time, the Lord also wants us to love Israel’s neighbors, and her enemies. While we bless Israel, let us be sure to find ways to bless the Palestinian people, the Syrians, the Iranians, and all the people of the epicenter.
In addition, I had the opportunity to preach at the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa on Sunday night on the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39, examining them in the light of current events.
It was an honor to be invited to meet with these Canadian government leaders, and to be able to pray with and for them. They are principled and courageous men and women who, along with their Prime Minister, are boldly and warmly standing with Israel and the Jewish people at a time when few leaders in the world are doing so.
Let us thank the Lord for them, and keep them all in our prayers at this critical time.
- Prime Minister Harper was the first world leader to order his UN delegation to walk out of a speech at the UN General Assembly by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad several years ago.
- PM Harper was the first world leader to announce Canada would not be sending a delegation to the UN’s ”Durban II” conference which was supposed to be about opposing racism but turned into a vicious anti-Israel forum whose keynote speaker was Ahmadinejad, a man who has denied the Holocaust and has repeatedly called for the “annihilation” of the Jewish State.
- The Harper Government has courageous fought anti-Semitism.
- When the Gaza flotilla crisis unfolded, the Harper Government stood strongly with Israel’s right to defend herself from terrorist and left-wing activist attacks, whereas the White House equivocated.
- In contrast to the Obama Administration, Prime Minister Harper and his Government has consistently built a warm and increasingly close professional relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over the last eight years.
- The Harper Government has strongly urged the world to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program before it is too late.
- The Harper Government has been so pro-Israel that Canada recently lost its bid to be on the UN Security Council because anti-Israel countries coalesced against Canada and prevented her from attaining such a globally influential position.
- The Harper Government has explicitly called for “regime change” in Iran, something the Obama administration has not done.
- The Harper Government is reaching out directly to the Iranian people and calling on them to overthrow their “clerical military dictatorship.”
- In September 2012, the Harper Government cut diplomatic ties with Iran, closed the Canadian embassy in Tehran, and expelled Iranian diplomats from Canada.