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“When great allies like Israel and Canada work together, incredible things can happen”

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The recent Canadian Summit of Israeli Jewish-Affairs has reinforced the intention of the Israeli embassy to tackle and confront antisemitism and anti-Zionism with the continued support of the Canadian Jewish community. (Photo: Supplied)

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(His Excellency, Dr. Ronen Hoffman, has contributed the following introduction to the readers of TheJ.ca on the occasion of Canada Day.)

It has been a whirlwind six months.  

When I arrived for my posting as Israel’s Ambassador to Canada last December, just in time for Hanukkah, I had many goals in mind for strengthening relations between our two nations. I had a staff to meet, stakeholders and community leaders to hear from, and ideas to implement. I came here excited for this new journey, joined by my partner Dr. Michal Arad, our son Tomer, our dog Panda and cat Brexit. 

My background has served me well in my short time as an Ambassador, from academia to politics, my passion has always been international relations and innovation through education; this has been no different in my current role.  

Israel’s relationship to Canada is unique. While we certainly differ in terms of climates, we could not be more aligned in our desires to ramp up our technological sector, research and development, and further groundbreaking innovation. These are foundational bilateral similarities that our missions in Canada (The Embassy in Ottawa and our consulates in Toronto and Montreal) are taking advantage of and trying to create real, positive and effective change to better our societies.  

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I highlighted this, among similar sentiments, at The Canadian Summit of Israeli Jewish-Affairs that took place this past May. This summit, spearheaded by our embassy and in partnership with the consulates, had the goal of bringing together leaders, activists and community members from all across Canada to discuss the successes, challenges and opportunities of Canadian Jewish communities and their relationship with Israel on a national scale. 

The summit was an extremely fruitful endeavor. With our participants and speakers gathered from all different backgrounds and experiences, we were able to conduct a broad range of discussions that provided a space to exchange ideas for the future. 

As was expected, the summit underscored the existential importance of rallying the Jewish community together to combat not only antisemitism in its traditional manifestations but also in its modern metamorphosis AKA anti-zionism. As these issues go hand in hand, the Israeli embassy is looking for the continued support of the Canadian Jewish community to confront and tackle these ongoing – and growing – sentiments. 

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Israel’s right to exist as the nation state of the Jewish people, as well as Israel’s right to defend itself from threats near and far, should never be up for debate. Unfortunately, we see Israel’s mere existence becoming a debatable subject: from local politics to trolls spewing vitriol on social media. 

We have to fight back against these antisemitic narratives wherever we see them. 

The State of Israel and I, as its representative in Canada, understand the importance of working with allies and partners in the various Jewish communities as well as in the general Canadian public to ensure that these paradigms never shift here in Canada. Indeed, so many core Israeli values are also Canadian values; these ideological tenets emphasize the depth of our commonalities. Our liberal democratic values of equality, human rights, freedom of speech, press, religion, rule of law, and more show just how far our relationship can go to make incredible things happen.   

When great allies like Israel and Canada work together, incredible things can happen. Thus, in reflecting on my first six months here and looking ahead to the rest of my term, I feel there are three essential avenues that merit our full cooperation, the first of which ties in with our reflections for Canada Day. 

All year round, but especially in the lead up to Canada Day, many Canadians celebrate the independence of their beautiful and prosperous country while simultaneously confronting current national challenges. I know that one of these issues is that of reconciliation with Indigenous people, and the important work involved in listening to and collaborating with First Nations all across the country. 

Dr. Ronen Hoffman is seen presenting his credentials to Canada’s Governor General, the Rt. Hon. Mary Simon in Ottawa, December 7, 2021. (Photo: Supplied)

I am proud that our embassy has met with First Nation leadership and are taking concrete steps to assist in addressing some of their most pressing challenges. In the spring, we helped facilitate a water-tech showcase by inviting the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Saskatchewan and Israel Export to present nearly a dozen Israeli companies innovating in clean water technology. 

In an attempt to improve water quality and access in First Nations communities, we aim to secure the resources to facilitate a pilot project that seeks solutions-based partnerships to combat these current circumstances. Bridging Israeli and Canadian groups together to help one another has never been so needed, and so feasible. 

The second area we see endless opportunities in is Tikkun Olam, (repairing the world). I believe that joint initiatives between Israeli and Canadian youth would not only be beneficial for camps and other youth centred organizations, but for all of us, in terms of ushering in the next generation of Zionist leadership and Israel advocacy.    

Israeli Ambassador, Dr. Ronen Hoffman, is seen lighting the menorah for Chanukah. (photo: Supplied)

Finally, one of the most important things we can do is venture outside our community and outstretch our hand to find allies and partners that diverge from our typical network. Reaching out to new areas of Canadian society will posit tough conversations, but ultimately, make our missions more receptive and resilient. 

If we are strategic and steadfast in our implementation of these goals, I know that the Canada-Israel friendship will thrive. The many Jewish and Israeli communities across Canada – both large and small – play an integral role in supporting Canada’s ties with Israel. 

With the profound honour and opportunity that accompanies my ambassadorship, I look forward to continuing working alongside the various Jewish communities and our Canadian allies. 

Happy Canada Day. 

His excellency Dr. Ronen Hoffman is the Ambassador of Israel in Canada. He served as a member of Israel’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee and was Personal Assistant to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during his political campaign. 

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Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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