Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel to attend the 30th International Conference of Mayors, organized by the Jewish American Congress, the Council on World Jewry, and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I was one of just four mayors from the United States invited to join about 25 other municipal leaders from around the world to discuss urban innovation.
During my visit, I was impressed how Israeli cities place a strong emphasis on future generations in their decision-making process, and I intend to do the same in Rochester.
As the results of Argentina’s pivotal presidential elections started pouring in, a sigh of relief echoed in Israeli diplomatic circles. Ending the era of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, defined by tensions and animosity between Jerusalem and Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri’s election as president was widely hailed in Jerusalem as a double victory, good tidings for both Israel and Argentina's 180,000-strong Jewish community.
To hear scholars and historians tell it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu completely turned history on its head when he said that Haj Amin el Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, convinced Adolf Hitler to implement the Holocaust.
Netanyahu, who has walked back his assertions, was inaccurate in saying that Hitler needed anyone’s help to decide to annihilate Jews. He regrettably managed to make himself the center of attention while obscuring an important point about an issue that should stand on its own.
No historical invention is necessary to remind the world that Palestinian hostility to Jews is not a new phenomenon. For nearly 100 years, Palestinian riots focused not on colonial occupation by Ottomans or the British, but on violent attacks against Jews. Many recall the organized violence in 1929 and the even larger revolt of 1936, but only because the scale of the murders and destruction of Jewish homes and synagogues was so great that it captured outside attention.
The construct set forth in Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl’s recent op-ed is highly troubling.
Mr. Levitsky and Mr. Weyl argue that the only way that Israel can secure international respect is to remove their presence from Palestinian territory. They do not, however, recognize wrongdoing by Palestinians or mention the historical context of the situation. They do not mention multiple instances in which Palestinian leaders refused to sign peace agreements with Israel, nor do they mention the most recent incitement of violence by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
City governments -- especially those in Europe -- must lead the global fight against anti-Semitism by banishing indifference and denouncing acts of hatred however small, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a speech Sunday at the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
He drew a parallel to the NYPD's "broken windows" strategy of targeting low-level crimes to limit disorder.
Based on historical evidence, we have no doubt the Iranians will violate the deal. Therefore, we must actively monitor the implementation of the agreement to ensure that any Iranian violation is brought to light and punished to the full extent, which includes keeping the military option on the table.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will arrive in Israel on Friday, in his first trip to the country since he took office in January 2014.
He is making the three-day visit to participate in the Annual Conference of Mayors organized by the American Jewish Congress, American Council for World Jewry, and World Forum of Russian-Speaking Jewry, which will be held in Jerusalem.
De Blasio will be the keynote speaker at a conference of mayors' event sponsored by the American Jewish Congress and other organizations. Mayors from around the world are expected to attend. De Blasio's spokeswoman said he will discuss ways to combat anti-Semitism.