Conference of Presidents Annual Leadership Mission

Jerusalem, February 18, 2016...President Reuven Rivlin welcomed the delegates of the 42nd annual Conference of Presidents’ Leadership Mission to Israel at his official residence, Beit HaNasi, and told the more than 100 American Jewish leaders that he hoped that Israel would not become a divisive topic in this election season. “Support for Israel has never been and must not become a partisan issue,” he said.

Jerusalem, February 17, 2016…The 42nd annual COP Leadership Mission to Israel delegation spent their fourth day on the country’s borders with Syria and Lebanon for off-the-record briefings and later delved into Diaspora-Israel relations and the status of Israeli Arabs.

While on the northern borders, the group learned about issues specific to the Syrian and Lebanese fronts, met with high-level IDF officers and heard from young men and women soldiers about their day-to-day roles and responsibilities defending the nation.

Jerusalem, Feb. 16, 2016...Leader of the Opposition and Head of the Zionist Union Party, Isaac Herzog, declared in address to the 42nd annual COP Leadership Mission to Israel delegation this morning that “the true reality is that we are in the midst of the Third Intifada, which clearly has the support of various groups and schools of thought in the Muslim world.” Herzog noted that eight attempted terrorist attacks occurred just yesterday.

Jerusalem, Feb. 15, 2016...In an address to the more than 100 Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations delegates on the second day of its 42nd consecutive annual Leadership Mission to Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that Israel will not intervene in the Syrian civil war, though Israel is supplying humanitarian support.

Jerusalem, Feb. 14, 2016...The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations convened its 42nd consecutive annual Leadership Mission to Israel today with a delegation of more than 100 leaders from the Conference’s 53 member organizations, the largest group ever.

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo today. The two-hour meeting covered a wide range of domestic and international issues, including U.S.-Egyptian and Israeli-Egyptian relations, regional threats, especially those posed by terrorist organizations and their supporters, and Iran post-JCPOA.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met in Ankara with a delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, led by Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman, pictured far right, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, center. They discussed a range of issues including relations between Turkey and the United States and Israel, terrorism and extremism, and regional conflicts. The delegation was accompanied by heads of the Turkish Jewish Community, led by Ishak Ibrahimzadeh.

Spanish President Mariano Rajoy met with the Conference of Presidents leadership delegation, noting his government's initiatives to build trust with World Jewry. He discussed a variety of issues, including Iran's nuclear threat, Spanish-Israel cooperation, security, and the need to counter efforts in Europe to boycott Israel.

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I welcomed sixty leaders of member organizations of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on an historic first visit to Spain.  He spoke about the deep Jewish history and influence in Spain, the Sefarad-Israel Center, the city of Toledo, and various government initiatives, among which, those that strengthen the ties between Spain, the United States and Israel.

Spanish Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon delivered an important address to the visiting delegation of sixty leaders, discussing the expulsion of Jews from Spain, citizenship legislation, and actions he and the government have taken to support Israel and counter anti-Semitism and the growing BDS movement.


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