The recent economic development and unity trip to Israel that was prodigiously made by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo deserves our wholehearted accolades. While the scourge of anti-Semitism looms large as a cursed behemoth in the eternal Jewish experience, the Governor traveled to Israel at this critical time to express his fill throated support for the Jewish state that finds herself constantly under siege by the international community. He also courageously condemned the horrifying wave of bomb threats that have been made to Jewish community centers across the country as well as addressing the severe uptick in reported anti-Semitic incidents throughout New York City.
“To the people of Israel, I say that these acts of anti-Semitism will not be tolerated, New York State has reacted aggressively with extraordinary measures, more aggressively than any other state in the nation, I am proud to say. We have posted rewards, we have put together a special unit of the State Police – we have made it clear that there will be no tolerance for these acts of anti-Semitism,” the governor said.
He also announced the launch of the “New York-Israel Commission,” which will be responsible for creating a framework to strengthen economic and cultural ties between New York and Israel. The commission will work to promote and create opportunities to develop new programs and economic partnerships that celebrate the relationship between New York and the Jewish community.
There is no doubt that this kind of connectivity trip that was made by the governor should be replicated by others in elected office. It is our fervent hope that the message of solidarity that was produced by the trip will open the door for others to boldly voice their support for the Jewish people.