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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

“A ludicrous charge against the Jewish people”

It is difficult to get even a small handful of Knesset members to attend an event, yet a diverse dozen of them gathered Tuesday morning in the Knesset’s Jerusalem Hall for a special two hour-plus symposium on U.S.-Israel economic and diplomatic relations.

The “U.S.-Israel Business Alliance” mission was arranged by the U.S. based Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, and headlined by its special guest, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

The MKs were seated alongside members of the Jewish Chamber’s Executive Public Policy Committee – Dr. Joseph Frager, Dr. Paul Brody, Odeleya Jacobs and Duvi Honig – as dozens of other delegation members and media personnel filled the hall.

You can hear a pin drop in the room throughout the symposium. The sensitivity of the times was felt in the air. We were mere days after the UN Security Council passed – with the aid of U.S. abstention -Resolution 2334, which delegitimized Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a speech denying Israel’s ability to remain a democratic Jewish state. At the same time, we are just over two weeks away from when Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the U.S., which is expected to significantly affect U.S. policy towards Israel. READ MORE