web analytics
April 18, 2015 / 29 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Gov. Cuomo in Solidarity Tour in Israel, Rejects Abbas’ Invitation

The governors’ first official international trip is geared to build up his Jewish support back home.
Gov. Cuomo in a pro-Israel march in New York.

Gov. Cuomo in a pro-Israel march in New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo started out his top-billed solidarity in Israel Wednesday with a visit to President Reuven Rivlin and a rejection of an invitation to take a side trip to Ramallah.

“Our message is simple and it is clear: We stand with Israel and we support Israel,” he said. “Everyone wants the killing to stop, but at the same time, Israel must have the right to defend itself. That is the message we will convey.”

With 81 percent of the state’s Jews having expressed preference for Cuomo in the 2010 pre-election polls, he is going for broke in the re-election campaign and does not seem too worried about the Arab vote.

“I think that the governor is choosing to be reflective of only one constituency in this conflict,” Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, told The Wall Street Journal.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to the United Nations, where it is a permanent observer, was ambassador to the U.N. of Palestinian’s permanent observer mission, wrote a letter protesting the solidarity trip. “The responsible action would be to visit the Palestinian people and their leadership too and to see firsthand the wider context of this conflict,” he wrote.

Thanks, but no thanks. The governor’s officials deftly explained that the invitation was received too late to allow for a change in his schedule.

Quick thinking.

He would have a hard time explaining to Jews his “solidarity trip” by visiting Ramallah and would have an equally hard trip explaining to Mahmoud Abbas how much he supports Israel.

The governor did not directly reject the Palestinian Authority invitation but stated, “This trip is to show solidarity with Israel, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Republican State Sen. Dean G. Skelos, who also is on the tour, was more direct and declared, “Why would I want to go there and give any credibility to Hamas?”

Cuomo stated after the trip was announced, “New York has always had a special relationship with Israel. As Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to threaten Israel, now is the time to deliver that message of solidarity in person.”

He has visited Israel three times, once as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and he met with Yasser Arafat.

That was then.

The governor and senior New York legislators set up a photo-op, complete with American, New York and Israeli flags before he left the El Al terminal at JFK Tuesday night.

The itinerary for the governor’s trip includes the usual – a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a visit to the Western Wall.

Cuomo also will visit with Israelis who were under bombardment from Gaza missiles in the war.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

10 Responses to “Gov. Cuomo in Solidarity Tour in Israel, Rejects Abbas’ Invitation”

  1. I am glad for this, even though it is politically motivated. Otherwise, he is a snake!

  2. I am glad for this, even though it is politically motivated. Otherwise, he is a snake!

  3. I am glad for this, even though it is politically motivated. Otherwise, he is a snake!

  4. George Riesz says:

    O God no he plans of running for President.God help America with another liberal in charge.The heart attacks will increase in no time all across the land.

  5. George Riesz says:

    O God no he plans of running for President.God help America with another liberal in charge.The heart attacks will increase in no time all across the land.

  6. George Riesz says:

    O God no he plans of running for President.God help America with another liberal in charge.The heart attacks will increase in no time all across the land.

  7. Bravo Mario Cuomo! You don’t need to talk with the so-called “moderate” Abbas, who says (and publishes) one thing in Arabic and another in Emglish

  8. Yes, it would be “wonderful” for American to be RULED by the Evangelical Taliban.

  9. Kudos on that, Cuomo….do something else worthwhile now.

  10. Good for you Governor Cuomo! You just earned my vote!

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Daniel Lubetzky  president of V15 and CEO of Kind "healthy" bars
No Victory for V15 and Not Healthy ‘Healthy’ Snack Bars
Latest News Stories
Hebron terrorist arrested

The wannabe terrorist wanted to be arrested more than he actually wanted to stab the soldier.

Raising Star

Israeli workers raise a large Star of David (Magen David) onto the “Harp Bridge” at the entrance of Jerusalem on April 17, 2015, in honor of Israel’s upcoming Israel’s Memorial Day and the 67th Independence Day. Israel will mark its 67th Independence Day on April 22, 2015.

Daniel Lubetzky  president of V15 and CEO of Kind "healthy" bars

First thwarted at the Israeli polls, now V15 funder’s “healthy” bars are also losers.

Mrs. Golda Katz a"h

She had many names and was many things to many people, but to me she was just Babineni.

The EU wants to label Settler products. Liberman want to remind them of the last time they labeled Jews.

A pro-BDS professor at Sydney University may face disciplinary action over his conduct at lecture where anti-Israelis disrupted a speech by retired British Col. Richard Kemp, who has often praised  the IDF for its morality while fighting terror. The university issued a “show cause” letter to Prof. Jake Lynch, according to The Australian. Jewish students […]

Liberman is adamantly insisting on receiving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but Netanyahu wants Liberman to step back and take something else.

The teacher could face three years in jail for displaying Nazi symbols, which includes singing Nazi songs.

Ministerial distributions are starting to firm up, but Bennett reportedly has a new demand.

Egypt’s clampdown on tunnel has left Gazans without popular and addictive drug that helps them forget their misery.

“Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are.”

12 Christian Africans ‘thrown overboard’ by Muslim African migrants

The rock under the mosaic floor that was damaged is the foundation where the two Holy Temples stood.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry calls the Shoah “the most painful and horrific chapter in human history.”

Thousands paid their respects to Shalom Yochai Sherki, 25, who succumbed on Thursday morning to injuries he received when a car that slammed into a bus stop he was standing near.

The president was very politically correct on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Custom agents in Dubai seize smuggled Tramadol capsules.

Egypt’s clampdown on tunnel has left Gazans without popular and addictive drug that helps them forget their misery.

"Palestinian" society reaches new lows as they post photographs of their children celebrating the kidnapping of Jewish children.

“Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are.”

The rock under the mosaic floor that was damaged is the foundation where the two Holy Temples stood.

The president was very politically correct on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

The military has come up with another way to try to defend citizens without attacking Hamas in Gaza.

No other source has confirmed the report.

Israel, for good reason, is just about the only nation on Earth that understands the results of appeasing evil.

Sirens were heard across the country at 10 a.m., when people were asked to stand, or stop their cars, in memory of 6 million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis. Many Hareidim, but not all of them, do not stand, and every year the anti-Hareidi media post a picture of Hareidim walking while the siren blares. […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gov-cuomo-in-solidarity-tour-in-israel-rejects-abbas-invitation/2014/08/13/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: