In a virtual speech delivered to the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York on Wednesday night, New York governor Kathy Hochul vowed to fight hate crimes and criticized fellow Democrats over their positions on Israel.
In her first direct speech addressing Jewish audiences, Hochul pledged to fight antisemitism and help bolster security at Jewish institutions. Responding to a question at the end of the address, the governor also declared her support for Israel and called out those in her own party who disagree.
“As a member of Congress a decade ago, I stood firm with Israel when they were under assault,” she said. “And even more recently, as a Democrat, now, I reject the individuals in my party who are making this an issue and questioning our commitment to Israel.”
Moving on, she also noted that she was delivering the speech on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, and drew a connection to present-day antisemitism. She promised that she was “working very hard to make sure that the resources are there from the state government to fund security programs.”
Towards the end of the speech, Hochul revealed that she had planned to visit Israel over Thanksgiving with her family, but she couldn’t since her life took a turn leading her to become a Governor almost overnight. She then ended her address by promising that she would make it next year.