The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem is considered one of the most sacred and holy sites in Judaism.
But when Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the spot on Tuesday, a Conservative MP nearby was apparently focused on how joining the PM's photo-op may improve his re-election chances.
The Globe and Mail's Campbell Clark reported Tuesday that York Centre MP Mark Adler attempted to convince the prime minister's aide, Jeremy Hunt, to let him join Harper's photo-op.
"Jeremy. Jeremy! Can I get in?" Adler reportedly asked.
After he was shot down by Hunt, Adler replied: "It's the re-election! This is the million-dollar shot."
Clark reports Adler was later allowed past a security barrier with Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver to have their pictures taken with Harper.
According to Adler's site, York Centre has one of the largest Jewish populations of any riding in the country.
In an editorial published in the Jewish Tribune last May, Adler wrote that he is "the only Member of Parliament who is also the child of a Holocaust survivor."
Adler's exuberance to get in the photo has already sparked plenty of chatter on Twitter.
MP Mark Adler finally admits the true purpose of the Israel trip as Ivison hears him plead for a photo with Harper. "It's the re-election!"— Don Martin (@DonMartinCTV) January 21, 2014
Mark Adler's constituents must be very proud today. But hey, that's an MP's job, right? Cadging PR shots w/the PM? http://t.co/sjy9dxsx2D— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) January 21, 2014
I'm not sure but I think seeing one of Judaism's holiest sights as a political prop MAY meet Harper's definition of anti-semitism, who knows— Rob Silver (@RobSilver) January 21, 2014
If someone from another party said something as disrespectful at one of the holiest places on earth, what would Mark Adler's reaction be?— Kiavash Najafi (@KiavashNajafi) January 21, 2014
"Can I stand behind the weather TV reporter?" Mark Adler #milliondollarshot— Karl Bélanger (@KarlBelanger) January 21, 2014
People with photoshop skills, please start posting shots of Mark Adler photobombing great moments in history.— Romeo St. Martin (@romeoinottawa) January 21, 2014
I don't know if that Adler clip is embarrassing so much as just rather funny.— colin horgan (@cfhorgan) January 21, 2014
The first rule of politics club is don't let your politics get captured on tape.— aaronwherry (@aaronwherry) January 21, 2014
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