NY Gov Cuomo travels to Israel

Gov. Andrew Cuomo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The rash of antisemitic incidents that has hit the the U.S. is "disgusting" and "reprehensible", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday at Yad Vashem during a whirlwind one-day unity trip to Israel's Cuomo said there have been some 100 acts of antisemitism in the USA in recent weeks, including in New York, something he said "violates every tenet of the New York State tradition".

Cuomo left Saturday and will return Monday.

Governor Cuomo appointed Mr. Both those efforts factored in to the presidential buzz.

The governor flew out Saturday afternoon and will arrive in Israel Sunday morning in the company of five staffers and a handful of Jewish leaders from NY, including Allen Fagin of the Orthodox Union, who introduced the governor Wednesday at the event at The Egg where Cuomo announced the trip.

Cuomo toured Yad Vashem and then took part in a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance with President Reuven Rivlin. "With the recent rise of anti-Semitism, it is more important than ever before to demonstrate the connection between NY and Israel, our intertwined histories and our common futures, and spearhead new economic partnerships to bring our communities closer together". Following the briefing, the Governor and Minister held a media availability.

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He served as both prime minister and president of Israel when he was alive. I have been here before. The governor made the comments as he paid his respects at Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

"We believe this is actually an opportune time to enhance the relationship because to the extent anyone believes that they can separate the NY people or the Jewish community or the NY people from Israel, they are sadly mistaken". I will be here again.

"We must live by the rules that an abuse to one, an affront to one, is an affront to all, and that large fires start as small fires, and we will have zero tolerance for any abuse or discrimination of any fellow human being".

"After a moving visit to some of the most precious sites in Israel, I reaffirm New York's strong bond to the Israeli people and to dignity and safety".

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