New York, NY, Thursday, November 30, 2017: The America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) honored Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat with its Partners for Democracy Award at its November 29th annual awards dinner, recognizing the mayors’ lifelong careers in public service and strong commitment to enhancing the friendship between the United States and Israel.
The highlight of the evening, taking place at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, was a conversation with the honorees hosted by the newly elected AIFL President, Joel I. Klein.
“The world needs more individuals like Mike Bloomberg and Nir Barkat. Both men are successful businessmen and didn’t need the job as mayor of their city, yet they wanted to make life better for others.” Joel I. Klein, AIFL President.
“The support for Israel throughout the world is diminishing; sadly, this is also true within the Jewish community in the U.S. Further, despite recent events, which clearly demonstrate that the war on terror is a worldwide struggle, Israel continues to lose international support and impact, including with its traditional supporters. We thank Michael R. Bloomberg and Mayor Nir Barkat for their outstanding contribution to the world and to the Jewish people.” said Kenneth J. Bialkin, AIFL Chairman.
Founded in 1971, the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) is dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Israel. Through people-to-people programs, advocacy and collaboration with other like-minded organizations, the AIFL is actively engaged in improving perceptions about Israel and developing American support among people of all ages, faiths, ethnic backgrounds and political orientations
Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of NYC
(l. to r.) Michael R. Bloomberg, Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem
Amb. Dan Gillerman, AIFL-Israel Chairman, Janice Gillerman, Michael R. Bloomberg, Beverly Barkat, Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, Amb. Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, Kenneth J. Bialkin, AIFL Chairman, Joel I. Klein, AIFL President
(l. to r.) Julie Hyman, Emcee, Dr. Charlotte K. Frank, Chair of AIFL Exec. Committee, Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, Kenneth J. Bialkin, AIFL Chairman, Amb. Dan GIllerman, AIFL-Israel Chairman, Joel I. Klein. AIFL President
(l. to r.) Michael R. Bloomberg, Nir Barkat, Mayor or Jerusalem, Joel I. Klein, AIFL President