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  •  Not to worry, deBlasio and NYC still in their (1+ / 0-)
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    corner. His job is to 'defend Israel'

    and now he's holding covert meet-and-greets with major lobbying groups: the mayor reportedly gave an off-schedule speech at a private American Israel Public Affairs Committee event in Manhattan yesterday, pledging City Hall's allegiance to Israel.
    The super-secret speech was crashed by Capital NY reporter Azi Paybarah. He reportedly got kicked out after security caught him, but managed to sneak an audio recording of the speech, in which the mayor promised to fight for AIPAC in Washington, if need be. "There is a philosophical grounding to my belief in Israel and it is my belief, it is our obligation, to defend Israel, but it is also something that is elemental to being an American because there is no greater ally on earth, and that's something we can say proudly," he said. "City Hall will always be open to AIPAC. When you need me to stand by you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call and I'll answer it happily 'cause that's my job."
    My goodness. Here’s a tape of NY Mayor Bill de Blasio praising Israel at a closed-door function for the Israel lobby group AIPAC in Manhattan last night, reported by Sally Goldenberg of Capital NY.

    De Blasio said that the U.S. should boycott Saudi Airlines, and that the Israeli-Cornell campus that his predecessor Michael Bloomberg set in motion in NY is “an extraordinary transcendent development” that will go forward under his administration.

    He described deep connections between Israel and New York: The city has no greater alliance across borders than with Israel, Israel and NY share philosophical and democratic values, Israel has inspired NY being on the frontlines of terrorism, and Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer should move to NY after he’s done his job.

    And that de Blasio’s “mission” and “job description” is to fight for Israel:

    “Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel…City Hall will always be open to AIPAC. When you need me to stand by you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call and I will answer it happily, because that’s my job.”

    Who knew? The Times is calling it a “private” speech. “The speech [at the Hilton in Manhattan] was not included on de Blasio’s public schedule, and a Capital reporter who attempted to report on the event was escorted by event security from the third floor to the lobby,” Goldenberg reports.

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