Amid a wave of anti-Semitic vandalism and bomb threats targeting Jewish communities across the United States, President Reuven Rivlin tells New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday that the USA must always remain a safe place for Jews. In the United States now we have had a rash of anti-Semitism, over 100 acts of anti-Semitism, and I am sad to say also in my state, the state of NY.
"Israel is very advanced when it comes to providing security and there's a lot that NY can learn from them in that regard", Cuomo said Saturday following a round-table discussion with Jewish leaders at the Park East Synagogue on 67th Street.
The governor and company will return to NY on Monday.
"We have made it clear that there will be no tolerance for these acts of antisemitism", he said.
The taxpayer-funded trip, which included six government aides, also included an announcement by Cuomo that Israel and NY will create a commission to strengthen economic and cultural ties.
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" The second objective of this trip is 'Hineini, ' I am here, I have been here before, and I will be here again", he added.
The commission plans to organize a business summit to promote investment, roadshows for Israeli businesses to explore the state and industry-specific roundtables to "advance research".
Rivlin added: "The same appreciation goes to President Trump, who condemned the recent attacks. We can never, ever, let that change", Rivlin says. The visit also was meant to bolster economic ties between Israel and New York State.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of his whirlwind trade mission and show of solidarity this weekend, his office announced Saturday.