Newly elected NY Mayor Bill de Blasio made some pro-Zionist comments last week at a private dinner hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel,” de Blasio told attendees. “There’s no greater ally on Earth, and that’s something we should say proudly.”
The remarks came the same month the Democrat was inaugurated into office, and seem to be his first official comments on the Jewish state since taking the helm.
Saying in his address that New York boasts the largest population of Jews in the US, he added that he has visited Israel three times in the past and has toured Sderot, one of the most rocket-ravaged regions of the Jewish state.
“You can’t have an experience like that and not feel solidarity with the people of Israel and know that they’re on the front line of fighting against so many challenges,” he said.
New York mayors have a history of building good ties with Israel, including past mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani.