Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, smiled while posing for photographs with kids in Jerusalem.
At one point, he joined his hand with a young girl’s to form the shape of a heart. Adams traveled to the Jewish state on Monday with the intention of meeting with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, President Isaac Herzog, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, whom Adams had already met shortly after arrival, commented on X (formerly Twitter) that she was “looking forward to future collaborations with your great city.” As he got ready to board the plane for the trip, Adams stated in a video broadcast on X that “we’re also going to go to real important religious sites.”
Regarding his journey, Israel Nitzan, Israel’s departing acting consul general in New York, commented on X, thanking the mayor “for making this connection a priority for your administration” and wishing him “safe travels!” Adams identified the trip’s central topic as technology.
In an interview shortly after landing, the mayor claimed that “Israel is known for having some of the best tech companies.” He highlighted the wide range of possible municipal uses for Israeli technology, including “everything from building inspections to public safety to early detection of viruses.”
One of Adams’s first destinations was the Jerusalem Interfaith and Intercultural Reception, which featured beautiful guitar music in the Mediterranean style and was organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement. Adams said he would take a flight on Thursday to return home.
The UJA Federation of New York provided funding for the excursion.
Our trip is about fostering deeper connections between New York City and Israel.
It's to learn about new technologies and approaches to build safer and more sustainable cities.
But it is also a moment for us to unite and become practitioners of our common faith and values. pic.twitter.com/0GDcZtNoo7
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) August 21, 2023