AABGU Expresses Israel Solidarity
July 30, 2014
AABGU National President Lloyd Goldman and Vice President Wayne Woodman attended the National Leadership Assembly for Israel in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 28, 2014 sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
The AABGU delegation joined hundreds of Jewish leaders from around the country. Featured speakers included U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice; Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer; Speaker of the House John Boehner; House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ed Royce; House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer; and Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel, among others.
Lloyd Goldman was “encouraged by the strong bipartisan support for Israel and the speakers’ unanimous agreement that there is no moral equivalency between Hamas terrorism and Israel’s defense of its citizens.”
Speaker after speaker repeated this endorsement, with several quoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying, “Israel uses missiles to protect its people; Hamas uses people to protect its missiles.”
Wayne Woodman recognized the importance of the event and AABGU’s participation in it: “It was inspiring that this event was put together in only three days and that the room was filled to capacity. It is a very rare moment today to witness solidarity and unity by government officials from both sides of the aisle.”
The program demonstrated strong support for Israel and the enduring strength and vital significance of the U.S.-Israel special relationship.
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said, “There is broad understanding between Israel and the United States about the principles for a sustainable cease fire, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the United States to advance that goal and a durable solution to the problems in Gaza.
“The demilitarization of Gaza is critical if any ceasefire is to prove durable. Hamas must not be allowed to rebuild its war machine. Effective mechanisms must be put in place to ensure that cement is not used to build terror tunnels, iron is not used to manufacture rockets, and chemicals are not used to fuel explosives.” (Read his full remarks here>>)
Following the ambassador, Susan Rice began her remarks, “This is a time of worry for all who care about Israel. But, here’s one thing you never have to worry about: America’s support for the State of Israel. As President Obama declared before the Israeli people in Jerusalem: ‘so long as there is a United States of America, you are not alone.’
“Israel has the same, unequivocal right to self-defense as every other nation. No nation can accept terrorists tunneling into its territory or rockets crashing down on its people.” (Read her full remarks here>>)
Additionally, AABGU’s regional offices around the country have co-sponsored or participated in local solidarity rallies.
About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.
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