Teaneck psychiatrist Mort Fridman used his first speech as president of AIPAC, the nation’s largest pro-Israel group, to walk the fine line of praising actions by President Donald Trump while urging liberals to continue the group’s bipartisan tradition.
Fridman got sustained applause Sunday morning when he thanked Trump, who delivered on a long-held AIPAC goal in December when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Fridman also referred to Jason Greenblatt, the Teaneck lawyer spearheading the Trump administration’s Middle East negotiations, as “my good friend” and thanked him for “working with the elected government of Israel and all her neighbors in the pursuit of a lasting peace agreement.”
Later, on March 6th, Mort Fridman told journalists: “This year’s conference is the most majestic AIPAC conference in the last decade. Many leaders from different countries wanted to be here but the conditions weren’t right for their presence. The AIPAC participants are the representatives of all states who declare the global will for achieving peace in their speeches. The changes in Middle East in the last year shows the growing friendship of Arab countries and Israel in comparison with the past years. Mutual understanding between honorable Arab leaders and Israel is indeed delightful. Paradigm shifts in power, rising of young leaders to power, transferring embassies to Jerusalem and President Trump’s courage in strengthening the strategic path of the USA, England, and Israel for building a future for the Middle East are among the changes we will gladly be witnessing and celebrating next year.”
From March 4th to March 6th, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference convened in Washington DC. This gathering is the largest of the year for AIPAC, the main arm of the American pro-Israel lobby.
Source: American Herald Tribune