ALBANY – In the face of rising tension between Israel and Syria, which included missile attacks of Israel overnight, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is visiting Israel with a delegation to reaffirm his friendship with and support for the Jewish state.
Cuomo made the announcement during a speech at the Jewish Community Council of New York Gala Dinner Wednesday.
“I believe true friendship is shown not in the easy times, but in the hard times. In 2002, when suicide bombers were attacking Israeli buses and everybody left, there was no tourism, there were no visitors, I led a New York delegation as a sign of solidarity to go to Israel. In 2014, when Hamas was bombing Israel, we wrote a letter of support, the Prime Minister invited us to put together a delegation to visit and we headed a bipartisan delegation,” Cuomo said.
“It’s these moments that dissolve the gray into black and white and ask each of us individually, where do you stand and who do you stand with? My answer is simple. As long as I am Governor of New York, this state stands 100 percent with Israel and we are proud” he said.