Nov. 7, 2010

More than 3,000 participants attended the opening of the 2010 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans today, which began with a plenary featuring Vice President Joe Biden, GA co-chairs Judy and Steve Silverman, TV producer David Simon, Tulane University President Scott Cowen and a host of other distinguished speakers.

Vice President Biden spoke out about the vital role of the Federation movement, commending the audience “for all you’ve done and for all you’ll continue to do” to repair the world.

He discussed his key meeting, held just before the plenary, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, where the two leaders reiterated that, in Biden’s words “when it comes to Israel’s security there can be no daylight between the US and Israel.”

The Vice President commended the Federations for their efforts against the de-legitimization campaign against Israel, and pledged the Obama Administration’s support, saying that “efforts to chip away at Israel will only be met by unshakeable opposition by the United States.” He said that “The Jewish Federations’ recent initiative to counter de-legitimization attempts through the Israel Action Network is so important and so appreciated by the President and me.”

He discussed continued Administration efforts to curtail Iran’s drive to build nuclear arms, highlighting the aggressive sanctions regime that Biden says has already kept some foreign investors from working with Iran. He then spoke about Iraq, saying that it was paramount that efforts succeed in “rebuilding an Iraq that is a proxy for no one.

The Vice President closed by saying to sustained applause that “I am proud and I have always been proud to stand with you.”



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