Israel has seen its foreign policy allies dropping like flies in 2015, with momentum building behind the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, the Palestinian flag being raised at the United Nations and relations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama at historic lows.
Now Jerusalem has lost one of its staunchest allies in Canada's Stephen Harper in the landslide election victory by Justin Trudeau
There has been speculation about whether his uncompromising stance has been the influence of radical religious figures on his administration or simply an attempt to attract votes to his Conservative party from Canada's sizeable Jewish community. The Ottawa Citizen reported that on a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem in 2014, an aide urged him to pose for a picture, saying: "It's the re-election. This is the million-dollar shot."
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