Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How Bill de Blasio learned to love Israel

Democratic candidate for mayor Bill de Blasio shakes hands with then-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: Bill de Blasio/Flickr)
Alex Kane (Mnodoweiss)
Bill de Blasio surrounds himself with hawkish supporters of Israel. But that wasn’t always the case for the likely next mayor of New York City. The Democratic candidate used to be surrounded by critics of the Israeli occupation while he was a member of a Latin American solidarity group. “There is a striking disparity between what he says now about Israel and what he thought about Nicaragua,” one activist who worked with de Blasio in the early 1990s said. Above, de Blasio shakes hands with the hardline former Foreign Minister of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman.

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