Who is President Bush bringing with him to Israel? The White House has released the names of the “U.S. Honorary Delegation to attend celebrations in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel on May 14-15, 2008 in Jerusalem, Israel.”
The list seems to lean pretty decidedly to the right, with a hefty representation of prominent Jewish Republicans, as well as quite a few figures from the business and Jewish organizational worlds.
It’s an almost exclusively Jewish list — of the 79 individuals listed, the only one I have reason to suspect isn’t Jewish is Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. (It’s just a hunch…)
Along with liberals and gentiles, there’s also a relative dearth of elected officials. The only four are Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, California Insurance Commissioner Steve L. Poizner, Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro — all Republicans — and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a Democrat who broke with his party to endorse the White House run of fellow Arizonan John McCain.
Hollywood, meanwhile, is represented in the person of actor Ron Silver, who spoke in support of President Bush at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Here is the White House release:
President George W. Bush today announced the designation of an U.S. Honorary Delegation to attend celebrations in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel on May 14-15, 2008 in Jerusalem, Israel. Members of the Honorary Delegation: Dr. Miriam Adelson, Chairperson, Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Clinic for Drug Abuse Treatment and Research Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson, Chairman of the Board, Las Vegas Sands Corporation Mr. Moshe Aflalo, CEO of Aflalo Equities Mr. Neil Z. Auerbach, Managing Partner, Hudson Clean Energy Partners Mr. Kenneth Bialkin, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC Mr. Elliott B. Broidy, Chairman and CEO of Broidy Capital Management Mr. Matthew H. Brooks, Executive Director, Republican Jewish Coalition Mr. Alan I. Casden, Chairman and CEO of Casden Properties LLC Mr. Stanley M. Chesley, President of the National Jewish Fund Mr. William C. Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office United Jewish Communities Mr. Nathan J. Diament, Director, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Rabbi David H. Ellenson, Ph.D., President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Mr. Michael David Epstein, President of Sensormatic Security Corporation Mr. Donald Etra, Attorney, Law Offices of Donald Etra Ms. Nancy E. Falchuk, National President, Hadassah Ms. Selma J. Fisch, Founder, Fisch Properties Mr. David M. Flaum, Chairman, Republican Jewish Coalition Ms. Marilyn Fox, Chairman of the Fox Family Foundation and Former President of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center The Honorable Sam Fox, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Mr. Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League Mr. Howard E. Friedman, President, AIPAC Mr. Tony B. Gelbart, Chairman and Co-Founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh Mr. Sander R. Gerber, Chairman and CEO, Hudson Bay Capital Management LP Mr. Marc S. Goldman, Farmland Dairies The Honorable Phil Gordon, Mayor of the City of Phoenix, Arizona Mr. Richard S. Gordon, President, American Jewish Congress Dr. Jeffrey Gunter, President, Beverly Capital Management LLC Mr. David Hager, President, Hager Pacific Ms. Cheryl Halpern, Member, CPB Board of Directors Mr. Uri Harkham, CEO, Jonathan Martin Fashion Group Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Mr. Malcolm I. Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Mr. Murray A. Huberfeld, Chairman, Centurion Credit Management LP Rebbetizin Esther Jungreis, Founder and President of Hineni Dr. Henry Kissinger, Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc. Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Mr. Ronald Lauder, President, World Jewish Congress and Chairman, Jewish National Fund Mr. Eliot Lauer, Senior Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle Ms. Linda S. Law, Founder, Law and Associates Mr. Michael I. Lebovitz, Senior Vice President, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. The Honorable Jay P. Lefkowitz, Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea Rabbi David H. Lincoln, Senior Rabbi, Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City The Honorable Linda Lingle, Governor of the State of Hawaii The Honorable Earle I. Mack, Senior Partner, the Mack Company Rabbi Isaac Neuman, Rabbi Emeritus of Sinai Temple, Champaign, Illinois Mr. Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow, Shalem Center, Jerusalem; Professor Georgetown University Mr. Ronald Plotkin, Former COO, Monster.com Directional Marketing Steve L. Poizner, Insurance Commissioner, State of California Mr. Bruce M. Ramer, Attorney and Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown Mr. J. Philip Rosen, Attorney, Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP Mr. William Safire, Chairman, Dana Foundation Mr. Lee C. Samson, President and CEO, SNF Management Mr. Lenny Sands, Chairman, Alchemy Worldwide Mr. Richard H. Schneider, Managing Member, Bunker Capital LLC Mr. Fred Schwartz, Founder, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation The Honorable Melvin F. Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company Mr. Dan Senor, Founding Partner, Rosemont Capital Mr. Joe Shapira, Managing Partner, Java Equities LLC Ms. Florence Shapiro, Co-Chair of the Education Policy Taskforce for the National Council of State Government Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Director, Washington Office of American Friends of Lubavitch Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cognex Corporation Mr. Richard J. Sideman, President, American Jewish Committee Mr. Mark S. Siegel, President of ReMY Investors & Consultants, Inc. Rabbi Michael S. Siegel, Norman Asher Rabbinic Chairman and Senior Rabbi The Honorable Ned L. Siegel, U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Mr. Ron Silver, President Emeritus, Actors’ Equity Association; Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace The Honorable Martin J. Silverstein, Private Investor and Senior Counsel, Greenberg Traurig Mr. Paul E. Singer, General Partner, Elliott Associates, LP The Honorable Clifford M. Sobel, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Mr. Jaime Sohacheski, Chairman, Crown Realty and Development Corporation Mr. Ronald G. Steinhart, Retired CEO, Commercial Banking, Bank One Corporation Rabbi Mordechai Suchard, Founder and Director, Gateways Organization Mr. Stephen J. Trachtenberg, President Emeritus, University Professor of Public Service, George Washington University Ms. June R. Walker, Chairperson, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Mr. Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Limited Brands Mr. Elie Wiesel, University Professor; Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences; President, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Mr. Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Mr. Mark Zucker, Managing Member, Dorchester Capital Mr. Mort B. Zuckerman, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report; Publisher of New York Daily News; Co-Founder and Chairman of Boston Properties Inc.