Canadian premier Stephen Harper in Israel on 1st Mid East trip
The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Israel Sunday with his wife Laureen for a state visit at the head of a large delegation of six ministers and 30 business and community leaders. This is his first Middle East trip and first to Israel since he was elected in 2006. Israel has rolled out the red carpet in honor of this supportive Western leader. Several ceremonies have been arranged for his four-day stay, including an invitation to deliver a speech to the Knesset in Jerusalem and join Binyamin Netanyahu at the head of a joint Israeli-Canadian cabinet session. Harper will also make stops in the West Bank and Jordan.