Israel Ambassador to UN Gabriela Shalev, Kenneth
Israel Consul General Asaf Shariv
Martin Singerman, left, senior advisor at
News Corporation, Les Hinton and Michael Miller
Thank Goodness For Passover
Says A Weary Mayor Bloomberg
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer
Michael Bloomberg of New York
barely had the strength to make an appearance at the Jewish Community
Relations Council dinner at the Pierre Hotel.
"I just got done with a month’s worth of St. Patrick
Day parades," he sighed. "The next holiday is Passover. The
instructions for Passover are eat and recline. That makes more sense
to me than walking through the Rockaways on cold and windy days."
Janice W. Shorenstein and
executive vice president Michael Miller presented awards to
three personalities, including Wall Street Journal publisher
Les Hinton who promptly joined the fray over Israel’s war
against Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
"Many voices were raised to pillory Israel for an
alleged disproportionate measure in the fight against terrorism,"
Hinton said. "Actually Israel sets a higher standard as the Torah
states in Exodus, chapter 23, verse 2: ‘You shall neither side with
the mighty to do wrong nor show deference to the poor man in dispute.’
"The same standard from Exodus should apply equally to
Hinton, who’s also CEO of Dow Jones & Company, added,
"Israel’s surpassing strength is its standard of justice."
Richard Paul Richman whose Richman Group is the
eighth largest apartment owner in the nation, and
Eric R. Dinallo,
superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department, were also
Dinallo graciously thanked his co-honorees, including
Hinton, "even while I’m still taking out the shrapnel from my backside
from his editorials."