Revolutionizing diplomacy

Former Canadian ambassador Vivian Bercovici believes it is time for a radical change in Ottawa’s attitude to Israel.

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April 27, 2018 11:53
Revolutionizing diplomacy

Bercovici with Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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IN THE 1980s TV comedy show “Yes, Prime Minister,” civil servant Sir Humphrey successfully opposes initiatives of the elected British premier, and instead implements his own views. Vivian Bercovici describes a reality in Canada and elsewhere that is not too different.

Bercovici was a successful corporate lawyer in Toronto when in 2014 she was nominated by the Conservative Party’s prime minister Stephen Harper to be Canada’s ambassador to Israel. “The reason he asked me to serve in this capacity was because he was very frustrated with the way in which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Canada was managing its relations with Israel.”

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