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PAGE 18A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 7, 2017 From page 2A saying Obama had "damaged trust" with Israel. "President Donald Trump's commitment to Israel is sac- rosanct," he said. Ryan described the Iran nuclear deal, which swapped sanctions relief for Iran's rollback of its nuclear pro- gram, as an "unmitigated disaster." But like Vice Presi- dent Mike Pence, who spoke Sunday, he stopped short of proposing dismantling the deal, as Republicans consistently had during last year's c~mpaign. Instead, Ryan endorsedAIPAC-backed bipartisan legislation that would increase non-nuclear- related sanctions on Iran for testing nuclear missiles and backing terrorism and other disruptive activity. The top two foreign opera- tions officials in the House struck a bipartisan note, appearing together Monday to back AIPAC's bid to stop Trump's proposed cuts to foreign assistance. Reps. Kay Granger, R- Texas, a moderate Republican who is the chairwoman of the foreign operations subcom- mittee of the Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Nita Lowey, the ranking Demo- crat on the subcommittee and on the committee, have worked together on foreign assistance for years. Without naming Trump, they said his proposal to slash foreign assistance funding by almost a third--even while preserving present levels of assistance for Israel--would harm U.S. interests. "Foreign assistance sup- ports a crucial role in na- tional security," Granger said, "and makes up just a small portion of the national budget, less than I percent." Added Lowey: "The United States gets a major payoff." AIPAC says the broader foreign assistance package advances U.S. leadership, better enabling Israel's ally to defend it in international forums and to open doors for Israel in countries that might otherwise be wary of ties. Foreign aid came up again later in the evening when Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the minority whip, joined Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the majority leader, to deliver what has become the stan- dard declaration at AIPAC conferences of bipartisan support for Israel by House leadership. The leaders spoke of work- ing closely on Israel, includ- ing their leading tours of Israel for House freshmen sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, an AIPAC affiliate. Arne Christenson, who manages public policy for AIPAC, asked both leaders to comment on overall foreign aid. McCarthy, a conserva- tive who was among the first congressional leaders to back Trump last year, avoided an answer, focusing only on the need for assistance to Israel. Hoyer, like Lowey and Granger, argued that foreign assistance is a means of securing U.S. leadership in the world, but also argued that diminishing foreign as- sistance while maintaining current levels of assistance for Israel, as Trump has proposed, would be counter- productive for Israel. "To the extent that Israel [aid] is a larger and larger fo- cus, it will raise controversy," he said. From page 2A Democrats who sought to block the 2015 Iran nuclear deal reviled by Dermer. More recently he was one of only two Democrats who voted to confirm David Friedman as ambassador to Israel. Fried- man, a longtime lawyer to Trump, had offended much of the Democratic caucus--and left-leaning Jewish groups-- with broadsides against liberal Jews. Dermer went on to praise Nikki Haley, the new am- bassador to the United Na- tions, which was natural enough--in her short time on the job she has been an outspoken defender of Israel. But he really wanted the crowd to know that things had changed. "We'll hear from a woman who has finally brought some moral clarity to the United Na- tions," Dermer said. "Armed with that moral clarity we can finally get serious about the U.N.'s anti-Israel bias." And he wasn't shy about praising Trump at his prede- cessor's expense. "Perhaps for the first time in many decades there is no daylight between our two governments," Dermer said. An Israeli Embassy tweet sent out as he was speaking said "years" rather than "de- cades'--perhaps wary that Dermer was referring as well to Obama's predecessor pro-Israel favorite, GeorgeW. Bush. Mike Pence is among friends. Sunday evening's session, in the cavernous Verizon Center, was launched with another encomium to bipar- tisanship, this time by How- ard Kohr, AIPAC's executive director. "We're here because we are the bipartisanvoice needed in America to help keep Israel safe in a dangerous world," Kohr said. Pence's speech, wrapping up the session, was a fierce paean to all things Trump, however, and he presumed that folks in the room agreed with his sympathies for the boss. "Thanks to the support of so many in this room, President Trump won a historic victory," hesaid:,'Allofyouhelpedelect and government affairs at a president I know will make AIPAC. Foreign aid is "a cost- America great again." effective method to ensure Trump~s campaign sloganAmerica's leadership around earned applause, although many in the hall refrained. Benjamin Netanyahu likes a tight budget, except when it comes to Israel aid. Monday morning's session included a briefing by three top AIPAC staffers about the next day's agenda for activist lobbyists. The staffers spoke of a three-item agenda: lobbying for new Iran sanctions, for an anti-boycott Israel bill-- and not just for assistance to Israel, but for foreign aid in general. "We will ask members to support a robust overall for- eign aid budget," said Brad Gordon, the director of policy the world." That's a critical message for AIPAC, as Trump has proposed slashing the for- eign assistance budget by nearly a third while leaving in place defense assistance for Israel--rising to $3.8 billion next year from its current $3.1 billion. AIPAC has always made Israel and broader foreign assistance inseparable, in part because a robust U.S. presence abroad helps its ally, Israel, establish relationships with countries that might otherwise be wary. But that message has also become sensitive in recent years as Republicans have distanced themselves from an embrace of foreign asSis- tance--while carvin~ out a place for Israel. Now, as Trump embodies that isolationist trend, the rubber is meeting the road. So when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu spoke just minutes later via video link from Israel, there may have been some wincing in the dark convention hall. Netanyahu praised Trump's commitment to Israel. "You see it in the budget re- quest submitted by President Trump," he said. "It leaves assistance for Israel fully funded, even as the fiscal belt is tightened, and we appreci- ate that." From page 2A Directors, "We are looking forward to continued col- laboration with government at all levels as we ensure that our JCCs are following the very best safety and security protocols, and that JCCs can continue serving as vibrant and welcome community gathering places for all mem- bers of the community--both Jewish and many members of the wider public. We are confi- dent, at the centennial of ]CC Association of North America this year, that JCCs are safer today than ever before." Other members of the delegation also shared their appreciation for the contin- m__ n 7 8 9 A D A S E D ~,/i N D i26 CI AI NI DI YI LI AI N~ D j ~ 37 DiO M 1o_o AlP T 56 57 58 P E R 62 L~E 0 N, , E SIE F m 10 I 16 D 19 O L S 38 E 43 Z R A T 67 A 7O S 73 A 529736418 763841952 481952763 934518276 617324589 852697__134 198273645 246185397 375469821 ued hard work being done by the Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said, "We thank the attorney general for meeting with us. We shared our gratitude for his work and the efforts of the Department of Justice and the FBI in response to recent bomb threats. We were From page 8A make new ones. The tradi- tion is in keeping with the hope for emancipation and redemption that the holiday signifies. 7. The first American edition of the Haggadah was published in 1837. The Haggadah is the book or From page 17A the imam said in Arabic, "Grant us help against the Jews and Christians," citing the Quran as his source, ac- cording to court documents, AFP reported. "Recent events abroad have highlighted how the build-up of anger and re- sentment among different religious groups can lead to social friction andviolence," the Home Affairs statement said. "The government has the responsibility to act quickly and firmly to repu- diate divisive speech, even if the course of action is sometimes difficult." On Saturday, the imam visited the Maghain Aboth Synagogue and apologized for his remarks. Rabbi Mordechai Abergel accepted the apology, the Straits Times reported. He also apologized on Friday to a very encouraged to hear the attorney general commit to the enforcement of existing hate crimes laws in light of ongoing incidents targeting Jews and other minorities. Richard Stone, a previous chairman of the Conference of Presidents of MajorAmeri- can Jewish Organizations, said, "The attorney general was extraordinarily sensi- tive to the growing threat of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and ex- pressed a serious intention to do everything the Justice Departmentcando to ensure both the safety and the qual- ity of the American Jewish community. The Conference of Presidents was glad that it could join our colleagues from JCC Association, JFNA, ADL and SCN in such an encouraging and important meeting." Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federa- tions of North America, said, "Jewish Federations of North Americawas privileged to join ourpartners at JCC Associa- tion for this meeting with At- torney General Sessions. We were very appreciative to hear from the attorney general who truly cares and won't tolerate hostility and hate. We thank federal law enforcement for their support and commit- ment." text Jews read from during Passover. It tells the origins of the holiday and explains how the seder is supposed to proceed. Solomon Henry Jackson, an English-born American Jew, published the first American edition of the Haggadah in 1837 in New York. Jackson had moved to the city in the 1820s to establish the first Hebrew printing press, and The Jew, a monthly newspaper and the first Jewish periodical in the United States. One could say Jackson was the original member of the Jewish media elite. 8. And if that's not enough facts about Passover... The traditional Passover song "Dayenu" literally means "it would have been enough" and lists the 15 gifts and miracles given to the Jewish people by God in the Book of Exodus. The idea that each blessing would be enough on its own, even without further or more profound blessings, is a theme presented throughout the holiday. gathering of leaders of several faiths, according to the report. Abergel said the Jewish and Muslim communities here have a "very harmonious" relationship. "This sends a message that these bonds are not affected, and we share so much more than what divides us," the rabbi said. Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize in Stockholm cer- emony without media (JTA)--American singer- songwriter Bob Dylan has received his Nobel diploma and gold Nobel medal in Stockholm. On Saturday, the Swed- ish Academy with Dylan in a private ceremony in order to present him with the trap- pings of his Nobel Prize for Literature, according to a blog post the following day by Sara Danius, secretary of the Swed- ish Academy. "Spirits were high. Cham- pagne was had. Quite a bit of time was spent looking closely at the gold medal," Danius wrote. Dylan, who shuns the spot- light, had requested the small and intimate ceremony with- out the media. Danius and several other members of the SwedishAcad- emy attended one of Dylan's two sold-out concerts on Sat- urday night at the Waterfront concert house in Stockholm. Dylan must deliver a Nobel lecture by June or forfeit the $927,740 prize, though he will still be considered the laureate. Danius said in a blog post last week that he will likely send a taped version of his lecture to the academy at a later date. After the announcement in October that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Dylan told the academy that he would be unable to travel to Stockholm for the December ceremony to receive his Nobel Prize, citing "pre-existing commitments." Dylan's prizewasannounced on Oct. 13 "for having created new poetic expressions within the greatAmerican song tradi- tion." The academy said later that after five days of trying to contact Dylan to inform him of the award, it had given up. Dylan acknowledged the prize two weeks later. Born Robert Allen Zim- merman and raised Jewish in Minnesota, Dylan wrote some of the most influential and well-known songs of the 1960s. His hits include "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "The Times They Are a- Changin'." Dylan, 75, was the first artist seen primarily as a songwriter to win the literature award, a fact that has stirred debate in literary circles.