First there was unconditional support for the State of Israel, eloquently expressed in Monday’s speech in the Knesset.
What’s a Canadian prime minister to do for an encore?
How about serenading his Israeli hosts and Canadian supporters with a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll?
After an emotional day that included a visit to Yad Vashem, a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance and a special ceremony at the Western Wall, Harper wrapped up the third day of his first visit to Israel by turning a state dinner into a ‘60s singalong.
After effusive toasts by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and by Harper, and entertainment by an Israeli band that specialized in ‘60s tributes, Harper took the stage and delighted the audience with renditions of “A Little Help From My Friends,” “Sweet Caroline” and “Hey Jude.”
Canadian members of the official delegation were delighted but not completely surprised, given the prime minister’s previous performances at the National Arts Centre Gala in Ottawa and at the Jewish National Fund Negev Dinner in his honour Dec. 1 in Toronto.
But it was a special treat to see the Israeli guests experience the Canadian prime minister at his most unplugged.