Foreign Minister and head of the Yisrael Beitenu party Avigdor Lieberman addressed members of New York’s Russian Jewish

FM Lieberman in NY

FM Lieberman in NY

community on Sunday. His meeting with students, local leaders, and community representatives of the Russian-speaking Diaspora was prepared by the American Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry, an outlet of the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry. The Forum works to strengthen the connection between the State of Israel and Russian-speaking Jews in the Diaspora.

More than 500 people took part in the meeting with the Foreign Minister. There weren’t even enough places to seat all those in attendance. Avigdor Lieberman stated that “Today, three generations following the first World Zionist Congress organized by Theodor Herzl at the conclusion of the 19th century, the moment has come for Jews from the FSU to regain their influence in this event.”

The battle for the future of the Jewish State continues—not only within Israel itself, but in the entire world. The outcome of this encounter will be determined by Russian-speaking communities–as was the case 100 years ago. It was them who founded the State of Israel and it was them who created the largest, most influential community in the Diaspora on American soil at the end of the 19th and 20th centuries,” stressed the Foreign Minister.

Alexander Levin, President of the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry reacted to Avigdor Lieberman’s appearance in New York saying, “United around the mainstream structure of global Zionist movement in America—the AZM (American Zionist Movement), integrated around the American Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry, Russian-speaking Jews will occupy worthy roles as leaders in the national institutions of the Jewish people. They will receive an opportunity to obtain additional resources for the well-being of the Russian-speaking Jewish community in the US, as well as a powerful tool for defending the interests of the Jewish People and the State of Israel!”