Canada is charting a troubling new course in the Middle East. Under the Conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, Canadian foreign policy is tilting strongly toward Israel, a direction that is forsaking Canada’s past even-handedness in the region. This is not only undermining the country’s reputation and economic interests, it is at variance with its European allies and even in some instances the United States.

Take the recent statement by Peter Kent, the junior minister of foreign affairs. Kent told a Toronto newspaper that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada.” To the amazement of many...

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