Analysis

Israel/Canada: Netanyahu Presses PM Harper on Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) meets with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, Canada, March 2, 2012. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)
March 9, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa, The Americas
Summary
Israel is turning its attention to Canada as it looks to strengthen international pressure to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. A series of key high-level meetings in the past few months has led to escalating rhetoric from Canadian officials that is likely intended to convince the United States and European Union to take further action to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa on March 2 for a three-day visit to discuss the growing instability in the Middle East and the threat of Iran’s nuclear program. Although Harper told Netanyahu that he would prefer to see a “peaceful resolution of the situation,” Canada under Stephen Harper is one of Israel’s closest allies and will likely support possible airstrikes by Jerusalem against Iranian nuclear sites.

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