Independence MK Einat Wilf 370.
(photo credit: CIJA)
While many spent the days leading up to Passover cooking and cleaning, MK Einat
Wilf (Independence) took a four-day trip to Canada to improve Israel’s image
Wilf visited Halifax, Montreal and Ottowa, on a trip sponsored by
the Centre for Jewish and Israel Affairs. According to Wilf, the CIJA has played
an instrumental role in bringing Canada and Israel closer in recent years.
During her trip, she gave lectures and published articles in major news
One article, in The Huffington Post, was a response to a New York
Times op-ed by Peter Beinart calling for a “Zionist BDS,” boycotting products of
Wilf called Beinart’s suggestion “a dangerous proposal”
despite his good intentions, saying that “no Palestinian is a partner to the
idea that Zionism is legitimate as long as it stays west of the Green
Wilf agreed to be a regular contributor to “Open Zion,” an
Israel-themed section of the Newsweek
-affiliated news site, The Daily Beast,
which Beinart edits. So far, the MK has written about the reason behind the
Independence faction’s formation and a defense of Zionism from an atheist point
Wilf’s final stop before returning to Israel was in Ottawa,
where she met with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Wilf and Baird met
previously during his trip to Israel in January, during which he invited her to
visit him in Canada.
Wilf, who is one of five MKs in Defense Minister
Ehud Barak’s breakaway Independence faction, briefed MPs and top foreign
ministry officials in the Middle East and North Africa department and gave
interviews to the Canadian press.
In Halifax, Wilf met with Nova Scotia
Education Minister Ramona Jennex and learned about the Canadian education
system, examining the possibility of bringing reforms to Israel. Wilf also gave
lectures in the local Jewish communities on women and education in
Wilf then traveled to Montreal, where she hosted a workshop at
McGill University on Israeli diplomacy and Zionism.
From there, she went
on to Quebec City to discuss Israel with Quebecois MPs. Wilf is fluent in
French, and said she was able to hold a conversation that strengthened the
connection between the Knesset and Quebec’s parliament.
meetings in Ottawa, Wilf flew back to Israel, returning only a few hours before
her family’s Seder in Tel Aviv.