President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin met today, Wednesday May 15 / 10 Iyar with a delegation of mayors of US cities, led by Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti. The president welcomed the delegation and was delighted to meet Mayor Garcetti again after they met in in Los Angeles some two years ago when the president addressed the General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America.
The president noted that “Israel has succeeded by turning challenges – and we have faced serious challenges – into opportunities.” He continued, “this is not only the Promised Land, it is the only place we can gather together, build a nation and be independent.”
Mayor of LA Eric Garcetti thanked the president on behalf of the delegation and told him that family research had uncovered an unknown link to the Jewish people – his mother is the second cousin, twice removed, of David Ben-Gurion.
Attached photo credit: Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)