In Jerusalem, Cuomo says the more people try to separate NY and Israel, the closer we get

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a lightning visit to Israel over the weekend for “economic development and unity” at a time of rising anti-Semitic threats in the U.S.

At a meeting with Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister for public security and strategic affairs, Cuomo said Israeli security forces have raised protection techniques to an “art form,” including their response to “lone wolf” attacks.

We have members of the State Police here and my public security people…. And what the Minister has been able to do is state-of-the-art.

First, the use of technology is really unbelievable and how they’re using technology and cameras and detection devices as sophisticated as I’ve seen anywhere, which I think is something that we can learn from. Even if their police officers have to deal with the intensity of those situations without escalating the situation, is also an art form. There are constant flare-ups in Jerusalem that if not handled properly can then just escalate and escalate.

Here’s his praise for Israel’s response to “lone wolf” attacks.

Probably the greatest single challenge to law enforcement going forward is what we refer to as the lone wolf. A situation where you couldn’t have detected it with intelligence, you didn’t have a prior record, prior experience because there was no prior record or prior experience. How do you start to protect people from that lone wolf? We’ve dealt with that on a limited basis in New York. I hope it remains limited but I fear that it’s going to increase as time goes on so I think there’s a lot that we can learn from what our colleagues are doing here. And I think there’s a lot that we can accomplish by working together and I look forward to it.

Cuomo is referring to the so-called “intifada of knives” over the last year and a half: Palestinian individuals producing knives, often at checkpoints, and in some cases trying to stab soldiers. The assailants have been shot dead in overwhelming numbers: 248 killed, including 55 minors, according to this compilation by Middle East Monitor. Amnesty International accused Israel of a “shocking disregard” for life in its approach to these alleged attacks.

“The cases of unlawful killings outlined in this memorandum reveal a shocking disregard for human life and pose some serious questions to the Israeli authorities. Those responsible must be brought to justice to ensure this cycle of unlawful killings ends.”

Cuomo made a defiant statement in Jerusalem: the more people try to drive Israel and New York apart, the closer the two get.

We believe this is an opportune time to enhance the relationship, because to the extent anyone believes they can separate the New York people from the Jewish community or the New York people from Israel, they are sadly mistaken; and those attempts have actually fueled a closer relationship and a more energized relationship, with a very important dimension, which is the economic and cultural ties.

He announced a new NY-Israel commission that will foster economic ties, including anti-terrorism cooperation:

By connecting New York law enforcement with their Israeli counterparts, the Commission will help New York learn from one of the world’s leaders in counter-terrorism operations. Additionally, the Commission can support a conversation on division and anti-Semitism to ensure that both governments are doing everything they can to fight intolerance and crack down on hate crimes.

Cuomo said anti-semitism has surged on college campuses, by which he would seem to refer to the BDS movement, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (which he has fought directly).

Cuomo also toured Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin and emphasized the main purpose of the trip: “while some would weaken the relationship with the people of the state of New York and our Jewish brothers and sisters, the purpose of this trip is to strengthen those relationships through culture exchange and economic development partnerships.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo in Jerusalem, flanked by Israeli ambassador Dani Dayan (r) and Howard Zemsky (l) of Empire State Development Department

Cuomo’s commission includes a number of ardent Israel supporters in Jewish leadership, including Bob Cohen, the chairman of the Israel lobby group AIPAC; Randi Weingarten of the AFT (a leader of anti-Trump efforts); Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, Mort Zuckerman of the Daily News, Sara Berman, the charter school entrepreneur and daughter of Michael Steinhardt; and Abe Foxman. Also on the commission is Richard Joel, the Yeshiva University president, who stood by quietly while Sheldon Adelson called on President Obama to nuke Iran.

 

 

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  1. AddictionMyth
    March 6, 2017, 2:28 pm

    LOL. Desperate. Their empire is crumbling. Americans don’t want a panopticon to detect ‘lone wolf’ attacks. We know how to prevent them – keep G4S out of the hen house!

  2. amigo
    March 6, 2017, 6:26 pm

    Some politicians go fishing or golfing during their time off.Israel firsters like A cuomo take a trip home to their motherland.Must be hard commuting so far to work.

    • JWalters
      March 6, 2017, 8:34 pm

      Fortunately, Israel provides the governor of their New York province a residence on-site.

      • amigo
        March 7, 2017, 9:28 am

        That,s the very least cuomo should expect in return for spending so much of his time away from his ancestral homeland .

  3. JWalters
    March 6, 2017, 8:30 pm

    “How do you start to protect people from that lone wolf?” – Andrew Cuomo

    If you’re Israel, you stop oppressing a vast number of people.

    If you’re New York, you stop supporting Israel’s oppression of a vast number of people.

    Really not that complicated. No hi tech even needed.

    As for the Israel/Cuomo efforts to outlaw the BDS campaign, the Nazis too instituted laws to criminalize dissent. Bad company.

  4. RobertHenryEller
    March 7, 2017, 9:51 am

    Like a Suicide Pact. What could be closer? And, a closer.

  5. JLewisDickerson
    March 7, 2017, 1:38 pm

    RE: “In Jerusalem, Cuomo says the more people try to separate NY and Israel, the closer we get”

    MY COMMENT: Talk about a sleazy pol. Something’s very rotten in the state city of Denmark Albany.
    Cuomo is obviously running for the 2020 Democratic nomination. I suspect the fix might just already be in (as it was for H. Clinton).
    On the bright side, he might be just the man to finish off the Democratic Party once and for all.

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 7, 2017, 1:55 pm

      P.S. SEE: “Former Markstone Capital chairman Broidy pleads guilty to bribery” | By Christine Williamson | pionline.com | December 3, 2009

      [EXCERPTS] Private equity manager Elliott Broidy today pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to a felony charge that he paid about $1 million in bribes between 2002 and 2006 to four officials employed in the office of then-State Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

      The bribes were made to secure an investment by the $126 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo said today.

      Mr. Broidy’s crime was “a plain, old-fashioned bribery scheme,” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference, and is unrelated to the pay-to-play scheme involving private equity placement agents that his office has been investigating for two years.

      Mr. Broidy, co-founder and former chairman of Markstone Capital Group, admitted to bribing the four officials in the state comptroller’s office to secure a $250 million commitment from the pension fund in Markstone Capital Partners, which invests in Israeli-based companies. The state retirement fund, which has invested in the Markstone fund since 2003, remains an investor in the fund. . .

      . . . Mr. Cuomo would not identify three of the four officials who allegedly accepted Mr. Broidy’s bribes because they have not been charged and because the investigation is ongoing. Mr. Cuomo acknowledged that David Loglisci, formerly chief investment officer for the state retirement fund, who faces state criminal charges in connection with the pay-to-play scheme, was the fourth recipient of Mr. Broidy’s bribes. None of the officials still works in the state comptroller’s office, he said.

      Mr. Cuomo said Mr. Broidy’s bribes included a concealed $300,000 gift to Mr. Loglisci’s family for the production of a film; payments to friends of the state comptroller’s office officials; a sham consulting contract awarded to the relative of one of the four officials; and luxury travel in Israel and Italy provided to one of the officials and their relatives. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.pionline.com/article/20091203/ONLINE/912039987/former-markstone-capital-chairman-broidy-pleads-guilty-to-bribery

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 7, 2017, 1:57 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Donald Trump’s New Fundraiser’s Israel Connection” | Haaretz | May 26, 2016
      The vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, Elliott Broidy, was removed as chairman of the Tel Aviv-based venture capital firm Markstone Capital Partners after paying bribes to pension fund managers.

      Elliott Broidy, the American-Jewish venture capitalist and the deposed chairman of Tel Aviv-based Markstone Capital Partners, has been appointed deputy chairman of a fundraising organization for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.

      Broidy was removed as chairman of Markstone Capital after admitting to paying nearly $1 million in bribes to pension fund managers in New York State. He is still thought to have extensive political ties in Israel.

      Broidy’s appointment as vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee sponsored by Trump and the Republican National Committee, comes just weeks after Steven Mnuchin, a Jewish Hollywood film producer and former Goldman Sachs executive, was named Trump’s national finance chairman.

      About a decade and a half ago, Broidy decided to combine a Zionist act and a business opportunity in establishing a major venture capital fund that would operate in Israel. He used his ties with Alan Hevesi, the New York state comptroller at the time, who was also active in the Jewish community, to raise $250 million for the fund from the New York State pension fund, which had $100 billion under its management in the time.

      The stated Zionist mission of the fund as well as Broidy’s ties meant that there was a lot of politics involved in establishing Markstone Capital. In mid-2003, when Israel’s finance minister, and now prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visited New York and met with finance officials from New York’s state government, the matter of the establishment of Markstone also came up.

      Following that visit, the chairman of Israel’s Histadrut labor federation at the time, Amir Peretz, approached American labor union leaders asking for their help with the new fund. That brought in an additional $50 million for Markstone.

      In the end, however, Markstone turned out to be one of the most resounding financial failures in the history of the Israel capital market. Broidy was removed as its chairman in late 2009 after being accused of paying bribes to New York pension fund managers, allegations that he ultimately admitted to, acknowledging giving nearly a million dollars to state officials in return for the pension funds’ investment of roughly $250 million in Markstone Capital.

      Broidy, who invested in the past in several Israeli startup companies, is understood to have extensive political ties in Israel. He was also a regular dinner partner of the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

      SOURCE – http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/.premium-1.721712

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 7, 2017, 2:22 pm

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      • Boo
        March 8, 2017, 2:47 pm

        He’s correct in one particular — he’s discovered his very own gushing well of snake oil.

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 8, 2017, 4:47 pm

        PROVERB: “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” ~ often attributed to H.L.Mencken, but not found in his writings

        PUT ANOTHER WAY: Americans, as a group, are not especially intelligent and can be readily entertained or fooled to produce financial benefit for someone.

  6. Boomer
    March 7, 2017, 3:42 pm

    ” . . . at a time of rising anti-Semitic threats in the U.S.”

    Yes, it’s another Kristallnacht, right here in the U.S. Good thing Cuomo is on the job, though I’m not clear exactly how his trip to Israel addresses the purported rise in anti-Semitism here. I suspect it may more directly address his political standing in NYC. Fortunately, 100 Senators are eager to defend the helpless, oppressed minority.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/07/as-more-jewish-facilities-get-threats-senators-ask-trump-administration-for-swift-action/

  7. Boo
    March 8, 2017, 2:45 pm

    “to the extent anyone believes they can separate the New York people from the Jewish community or the New York people from Israel, they are sadly mistaken”

    There used to be a saying (phrased as a question) about NAMBLA: “In NAMBLA, how do you separate the men from the boys? With a crowbar.”

    The same saying appears to be equally valid with respect to Bibi and Andrew.

  8. Kay24
    March 8, 2017, 7:47 pm

    Most probably Cuomo has political ambitions that will take him to the White House in a few years, and of course, like all other spineless US politicians needs the blessing of the King of the zionists (looks like a corrupt one), and the approval of Israeli lobbies to win it. I have never seen such a shameless display of kissing up by a Catholic governor, who supports the occupier, every time they decide to mow the lawn and kill off thousands of poor Palestinians. One can only imagine the unwavering support he would give the despicable occupier if he ever becomes President. It is all part of the game unfortunately, but it still makes me ashamed to see American leaders make asses of themselves, when they fly out all the way to kiss the feet of a war criminal, liar, and corrupt leader.

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