Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will travel to Israel this weekend to encourage more business ties with New York State and to assure the Jewish community worldwide that New York is backing them as anti-Semitic threats rise.
“With this ugliness that is going on, it’s our obligation to stand up and to speak loudly against it,” Cuomo said. He was speaking to students of Jewish schools Wednesday in Albany during the Orthodox Union Student Rally.
It will be Cuomo’s second trip to Israel as governor; the first was in 2014.
He will again connect with an important political constituency, this time as he plans for his re-election campaign in 2018 and as supporters urge him to position himself for a possible presidential run in 2020.
“These acts of anti-Semitism must be attacked by all of us,” Cuomo said.
“This weekend, I am going to do an economic development trip to Israel, which is a great economic development partner of ours, to talk about technology and joint ventures that we’re working on with technologies and to talk about security. But I’m also going to bring a message of solidarity, and I want to say that to the people of Israel, and I want to say to that the Jewish community.”
Cuomo has said New York and other states have suffered a spike in hate crimes since Republican President Donald Trump was elected.
Cuomo on Tuesday quoted Jewish Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel: “ ‘Wherever men and women are being persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must, at that moment, become the center of the universe.’ ”
Cuomo hasn’t released details of his trip, but he is expected to meet with government and business leaders in Israel and tour several religious sites and terrorism targets.