Jewish Leaders Meet with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid in First Official Visit to Washington, D.C.

New York, NY

. . . Dianne Lob, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We were honored to host a meeting between Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on his first official visit since taking office and the top leadership of our member organizations, from across the religious, political, and ideological spectrums.

“We commend the strengthening of diplomatic agreements during meetings with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and for Foreign Minister Lapid.

“During our private meeting, Foreign Minister Lapid addressed the unparalleled relationship between Israel and the U.S. and the importance of a bipartisan commitment to the safety and security of the world’s only Jewish State. A critical part of that effort includes engaging Jewish communities everywhere to continue to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community.

“We are grateful for this partnership – and for today’s meeting – which reflect the enduring strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship. We look forward to continue to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, to develop and advance the progress of Israel’s diplomatic engagement through the Abraham Accords, to combat the growing threat of the extremist regime in Iran, to work together to combat the scourge of global antisemitism – including through promoting the adoption of the IHRA definition, as 51 of our member organizations have done – and to engage on many other issues of mutual concern.”

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