U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Discusses
Her Recent Visit to Israel

JCRC-NY CEO Gideon Taylor and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently returned from a Congressional Delegation to Israel where she met with the leadership of the new Israeli government.  The Senator joined JCRC-NY Executive VP and CEO Gideon Taylor to share her insights into the status of the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The conversation is available now on JCRC’s Facebook and YouTube pages.


Senator Gillibrand declared in reference to her meetings with Prime Minister Naftali Bennet, Foreign Minister Yaid Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz that “I left my time in Israel feeling extremely hopeful. It was actually one of my best visits to Israel over the last ten years. I really saw a lot of strength in the new government. I saw the leadership having complementary strengths that I thought would really work together to have a very strong and forward-looking government. Each of the leaders had something different to bring to the table, and I was really grateful to get to know them.”


Regarding the Senator’s leadership on securing funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, the Senator remarked, “I lead the letter every year to make sure that Israel has the resources it needs to defend itself – to have the technology and defense funding it needs, and this year was no exception,” the Senator continued. “Israel’s security is very important to me because I think long-term, our national security is fundamentally intertwined and so helping one another really does make a difference.”


“We commend Senator Gillibrand for her work ensuring that Israelis are well-protected from rocket attacks and that local Jewish community institutions have the resources to protect themselves from antisemitic assaults,” said Gideon Taylor, JCRC-NY Executive Vice President and CEO. “The Jewish community locally in New York and in Israel is truly appreciative to have her deep support and her work to advance peace in the region.”


“We treasure our longstanding relationship with Sen. Gillibrand, and greatly appreciate hearing insights from her recent visit to Israel,” said Cheryl Fishbein, JCRC-NY President.  “We are excited to learn about her optimism in working with the new Israeli government leadership.”