President of the World Jewish Congress and businessman Ron Lauder He was interviewed tonight (Wednesday to Thursday) on the Gali Tzahal network following the death of Sheldon Adelson Earlier this week. Lauder spoke about his long friendship with Adelson, about their many conversations about the State of Israel and the Jewish community around the world, and about the worldview of the deceased.
“For Sheldon, The State of Israel was the appearance of everything. Despite the empire he built and the money he accumulated, the future of the State of Israel was the most important thing to him“Lauder shared that now, as president of the World Jewish Congress, his main task is to bring Diaspora Jews to Israel, a task that Adelson said in their latest conversation:” You will take care of bringing the Diaspora, leave me to take care of the State of Israel. “
You both had different perceptions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite that you connected?
“We both understood who he was Netanyahu And what are the abilities of this person and despite the opinion of each of us, we have decided that we do not put it between us and do not talk about the things we do not agree on. The biggest thing that Sheldon and I actually did not agree on was the two-state solution for two peoples. “
Was Adelson worried about Israel’s future?
“Sheldon was as optimistic as possible about Israel and its future. He loved Israel and what it does. He did not see anything negative in the country.”
Lauder also referred to the establishment of the newspaper ”Israel today” By Adelson and said that he and Adelson did not talk in real time about the establishment of the newspaper, following the then preoccupations of the President of the Jewish Congress, who held a percentage of Channel 10. “I told him that if there is one subject we will never talk about, it is the media. Neither the written nor the broadcast. He replied that I was a ‘smart person’, and thus the issue was closed between us and never came up again“.
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