City And State Invest In Israel
As Anti-Zionists Demonstrate
SRAELI Consul General Ido Aharoni is
known for starting a speech with a bit of wit. Lately heís been
recycling jokes from stateís early days.
A Texas rancher visits a kibbutz and asks how
big is it. They tell him that tree is the boundary. "Are you
kidding? At home I get in my truck and drive till the sun goes
down, and I still donít get to the end of my property." The
kibbutzniks respond, "We understand. We used to have a truck
just like that."
Aharoni recycled that one at an Israel Bonds
dinner this month at Gotham Hall in Manhattan where the honoree
was Denis Hughes, president of the New York State
AFL-CIO. Stuart Appelbaum, president of the
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, chaired the event.
Broadway producer Stewart Lane said his
sister was born the same year as Israel. Her eight-year-old
daughter asked, "How old are you, Mom?"
"Iím as old as Israel," Mom said.
Next day the kid told everybody at school that
her Mom was the same age as Moses.
When it got down to the business of selling
bonds, two comptrollers competed for the applause from the 200
guests. City Comptroller John Liu announced a purchase of
$40 from the pension fund. The New York State Comptroller
Thomas DiNapoli, saying "our investment money does good
things," pledged an additional $25 million, for a total of $100
million from the New York state pension fund.
Outside on Broadway a group of Palestinians and
the anti-Zionist Hasidic sect Neturei Karta held a brief protest
opposite several Israeli supporters who waved American and
The Development Corporation for Israel/State of
Israel Bonds was launched by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
at a Madison Square Garden rally in 1951. In its 60 years the
organization has raised more than $32 billion in worldwide sales
to secure Israelís growth as a global economic powerhouse.
Comedian Elon Gold, who served as emcee,
regaled the 200 guests with some new material. "This is like my
bar mitzvahóonly Iím getting paid less."