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 ResearchMr. Sheldon G. Adelson, Chairman of the Board, Las Vegas Sands CorporationMr. Moshe Aflalo, CEO of Aflalo EquitiesMr. Neil Z. Auerbach, Managing Partner, Hudson Clean Energy PartnersMr. Kenneth Bialkin, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLCMr. Elliott B. Broidy, Chairman and CEO of Broidy Capital ManagementMr. Matthew H. Brooks, Executive Director, Republican Jewish CoalitionMr. Alan I. Casden, Chairman and CEO of Casden Properties LLCMr. Stanley M. Chesley, President of the National Jewish FundMr. William C. Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office United Jewish CommunitiesMr. Nathan J. Diament, Director, Union of Orthodox Jewish CongregationsRabbi David H. Ellenson, Ph.D., President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of ReligionMr. Michael David Epstein, President of Sensormatic Security CorporationMr. Donald Etra, Attorney, Law Offices of Donald EtraMs. Nancy E. Falchuk, National President, HadassahMs. Selma J. Fisch, Founder, Fisch PropertiesMr. David M. Flaum, Chairman, Republican Jewish CoalitionMs. Marilyn Fox, Chairman of the Fox Family Foundation and Former President of the St. Louis Jewish Community CenterThe Honorable Sam Fox, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of BelgiumMr. Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation LeagueMr. Howard E. Friedman, President, AIPACMr. Tony B. Gelbart, Chairman and Co-Founder of Nefesh B’NefeshMr. Sander R. Gerber, Chairman and CEO, Hudson Bay Capital Management LPMr. Marc S. Goldman, Farmland DairiesThe Honorable Phil Gordon, Mayor of the City of Phoenix, ArizonaMr. Richard S. Gordon, President, American Jewish CongressDr. Jeffrey Gunter, President, Beverly Capital Management LLCMr. David Hager, President, Hager PacificMs. Cheryl Halpern, Member, CPB Board of DirectorsMr. Uri Harkham, CEO, Jonathan Martin Fashion GroupRabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of ToleranceMr. Malcolm I. Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish OrganizationsMr. Murray A. Huberfeld, Chairman, Centurion Credit Management LPRebbetizin Esther Jungreis, Founder and President of HineniDr. Henry Kissinger, Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc.Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionMr. Ronald Lauder, President, World Jewish Congress and Chairman, Jewish National FundMr. Eliot Lauer, Senior Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & MosleMs. Linda S. Law, Founder, Law and AssociatesMr. Michael I. Lebovitz, Senior Vice President, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.The Honorable Jay P. Lefkowitz, Special Envoy on Human Rights in North KoreaRabbi David H. Lincoln, Senior Rabbi, Park Avenue Synagogue, New York CityThe Honorable Linda Lingle, Governor of the State of HawaiiThe Honorable Earle I. Mack, Senior Partner, the Mack CompanyRabbi Isaac Neuman, Rabbi Emeritus of Sinai Temple, Champaign, IllinoisMr. Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow, Shalem Center, Jerusalem; Professor Georgetown UniversityMr. Ronald Plotkin, Former COO, Monster.com Directional MarketingSteve L. Poizner, Insurance Commissioner, State of CaliforniaMr. Bruce M. Ramer, Attorney and Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & BrownMr. J. Philip Rosen, Attorney, Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLPMr. William Safire, Chairman, Dana FoundationMr. Lee C. Samson, President and CEO, SNF ManagementMr. Lenny Sands, Chairman, Alchemy WorldwideMr. Richard H. Schneider, Managing Member, Bunker Capital LLCMr. Fred Schwartz, Founder, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and ReconciliationThe Honorable Melvin F. Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler CompanyMr. Dan Senor, Founding Partner, Rosemont CapitalMr. Joe Shapira, Managing Partner, Java Equities LLCMs. Florence Shapiro, Co-Chair of the Education Policy Taskforce for the National Council of State GovernmentRabbi Levi Shemtov, Director, Washington Office of American Friends of LubavitchDr. Robert J. Shillman, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cognex CorporationMr. Richard J. Sideman, President, American Jewish CommitteeMr. Mark S. Siegel, President of ReMY Investors & Consultants, Inc.Rabbi Michael S. Siegel, Norman Asher Rabbinic Chairman and Senior RabbiThe Honorable Ned L. Siegel, U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The BahamasMr. Ron Silver, President Emeritus, Actors’ Equity Association; Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of PeaceThe Honorable Martin J. Silverstein, Private Investor and Senior Counsel, Greenberg TraurigMr. Paul E. Singer, General Partner, Elliott Associates, LPThe Honorable Clifford M. Sobel, U.S. Ambassador to BrazilMr. Jaime Sohacheski, Chairman, Crown Realty and Development CorporationMr. Ronald G. Steinhart, Retired CEO, Commercial Banking, Bank One CorporationRabbi Mordechai Suchard, Founder and Director, Gateways OrganizationMr. Stephen J. Trachtenberg, President Emeritus, University Professor of Public Service, George Washington UniversityMs. June R. Walker, Chairperson, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish OrganizationsMr. Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Limited BrandsMr. 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 HumanityMr. Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, U.S. Holocaust Memorial MuseumMr. Mark Zucker, Managing Member, Dorchester CapitalMr. 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.
All the President’s Guests