Reprinted from usnews.com
Washington, D.C. – Mort Zuckerman, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report, has been honored by the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC as one of the 70 greatest American contributors to the U.S.-Israel relationship. The list, compiled in honor of the State of Israel’s 70th anniversary today, May 14, 2018, recognizes individuals and organizations who have worked to strengthen the alliance between Israel and the U.S.
“Through philanthropy and outspoken advocacy, Mort Zuckerman has been a great champion of the U.S.-Israel alliance,” says Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States.
Zuckerman co-founded Boston Properties in 1970 and has been a trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He has also served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and as President of the America- Israel Friendship League. Most recently, he launched a $100 million STEM initiative to bring academics to Israel, funding on par with the Rhodes scholarship. The money is designated for students and faculty at the Technion, the Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, deepening collaboration between the best research institutions in Israel and the United States.
Zuckerman, who has owned U.S. News since 1984, has written and published hundreds of articles and op-eds presenting the clear facts of Israel’s history and advocating for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. In a deeply personal column about the passing of his friend, the author, Holocaust survivor and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Elie Wiesel, Zuckerman wrote, “[Wiesel] inspired me to fight for the Jewish community in the United States and to support Israel, which had become the unique safe place where so many Jews in the Middle East and other parts of Europe and Africa had found refuge. He taught me and he brought forth the very best that I could do to help others suffering from religious prejudice.”