The Remarks Of Speaker Sheldon Silver: Departing for Israel

JFK Airport
Tuesday, August 12

First, let me say what a privilege it is for me to be visiting Israel and how meaningful it is to be sharing this journey with my colleagues in government, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Dean Skelos, and Senator Jeff Klein.

I have travelled to the Jewish Homeland many times. It is a powerful place. It is a beautiful and inspiring country. And I am certain that this diplomatic mission will reinforce the highly valued and longstanding partnership that exists between New York and Israel.

As you know, a number New York businesses originated in Israel and the educational partnership between the two states has been enhanced by the collaboration between our great Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Given all that we share given the strength of the ties that bind our people, I believe it is essential that we, the leaders of the Empire State, demonstrate our faith in Israel and our desire to stand in solidarity with her during this difficult time.

I look forward to arriving in Israel and I am proud to be making this trip as part of a unified front with Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos and Senator Klein.