Israelis are aware Canada is their new best friend, but no longer care so much about western support, says influential Middle Eastern writer Barry Rubin.
The American-born terrorism expert, who lives in Tel Aviv, is in Canada to launch a speaking tour sponsored by the Torontobased Centre for Israeli and Jewish Affairs.
Israelis are "very aware" of and happy about Canada's support, Rubin reports.
Other western nations that support Israel include New Zealand, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, he says.
Commenting on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly revealed unpopularity with the French and American presidents, Rubin said Nicolas Sarkozy's negative view of the Israeli PM comes as a surprise. Barack Obama's doesn't.
Rubin says the American government has betrayed Israel's interests.
The director of the Global Research for International Affairs Centre and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs wrote this week: "The Obama administration has openly sided with Israel's enemies.
I don't mean the Palestinian Authority or Saudi Arabia. That would be tolerable. We're talking here about openly genocidal, anti-Semitic groups . . . the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and the Taliban (moderate wing)."
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