MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SAYS 'THERE IS NO GREATER ALLY ON EARTH' THAN ISRAEL, IN SPEECH TO ISRAEL LOBBY THAT DID NOT APPEAR ON PUBLIC SCHEDULE.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Photo by Reuters
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a heartfelt speech praising Israel at a private gala event hosted by AIPAC at the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan Thursday night, the local website Capital New York reported.According to an edited audio recording obtained by the site (below), de Blasio said that "part of his job description is to defend Israel" and that it is "elemental to being an American, because there is no greater ally on earth, and that's something we can say proudly."
The Israel lobby's event was closed to journalists and the speech did not appear on the mayor's public schedule, arousing suspicion and making the event all the more intriguing. A reporter with Capital who tried to get into the event was escorted out by security.