On Twitter, Stephen Harper Doesn’t Follow Benjamin Netanyahu

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Mon. Aug 4, 2014

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If you’re the leader of a G7 country, the people you follow on Twitter are super important.

For Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t among the list of people important enough to follow. That’s right, Harper doesn’t follow Netanyahu on Twitter.

Harper currently follows about 223 very special people and organizations.

The CBC News reports, “But the list of those he follows among world leaders is also interesting, perhaps particularly for those who aren’t on it, including U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Harper follows almost all of the Conservative MPs, a couple of Senators, the British Monarchy, Homer Simpson, Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, the National Post, the Toronto-based Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, Stand With Us, an “international Israel education & advocacy organization”

So, why isn’t Harper following Netanyahu? Is he trying to hide something from his 493,000 followers? He doesn’t want to be associated with Israel’s ongoing war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza?

“Canada is unequivocally behind Israel,” Harper said in a recent statement. “We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.”

So, why?

After all, Harper follows Homer Simpson of the Simpsons.

Then there is Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Why does Harper follow him? Last time I checked, Medvedev belonged to a country Harper blamed for everything wrong in Ukraine. A country he seemed determined to go to war with.

In a statement issued July 30, Harper had this to say about Russia:

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our grave concern about Russia’s continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We once again condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and actions to de-stabilize eastern Ukraine. Those actions are unacceptable and violate international law.

We condemn the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the deaths of 298 innocent civilians…

Russia still has the opportunity to choose the path of de-escalation, which would lead to the removal of these sanctions. If it does not do so, however, we remain ready to further intensify the costs of its adverse actions.

Strange indeed.

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter.com/Obiemad