Reporting by Leah
The America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) held its impressive annual 2008 Partners for Democrary Awards Dinner on December 1, 2008, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Honoreeswere Lally Weymouth, Ambassador Dan Gillermanand Mort Zuckerman. Dialogue with the honorees was moderated by Emmy award winning journalist Charlie Rose. The America-Israel Friendship Leaguehonored a distinguished group of U.S. and Israeli media, business and diplomatic leaders at this Dinner.
The 2008 honorees included Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Former Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Elizabeth (Lally) Graham Weymouth, Senior Editor and Special Diplomatic Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, and Mort Zuckerman, Chairman, Boston Properties, Editor & Publisher, US News and World Report, Chairman & Co- Publisher, NY Daily News.
The wide-ranging discussion focused on democracyand the Middle East including thoughts on President-elect Barack Obama’s recent victory and its potential impact on the region. The 2008 Partners for Democracy Award is bestowed upon distinguished individuals and organizations who have demonstrated their support of United States-Israel Friendship. The award recognizes and pays tribute to successful efforts in the United States and in Israel that cultivate and strengthen relations, common bonds, and mutual respect between the people of the two countries.
Past honorees include George P. Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Elliott Broidy, Founder and Chairman, Markstone Capital, Alan S. Elkin, Chief Executive Officer, Active International, Eli Hurvitz, Chairman Teva International, and Yitzhak Tshuva, President, El Ad Group.
The America-Israel Friendship League is a non-sectarian, non-political, not-for-profit organization strengthening ties between the people of the United States and Israel, bridging distances to reveal the beauty, the humanity, and the modern democratic values that define both nations.
For more information on theAIFL, please visit their websiteat http://www.aifl.org/index.asp