Speaker Edelstein Shows Secretary Kerry the Letter from 1987


kerWhen the two met during the US presidential visit in Jerusalem last week, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein showed Secretary of State John Kerry a letter containing his signature dating back to 1987. The letter was signed by US congressmen and senators on his behalf, seeking to make certain that Edelstein, who was serving a prison sentence in a work camp received proper medical care. Edelstein had announced his desire to make aliyah and as a result, became a Prisoner of Zion in the USSR. That letter was sent to President Michael Gorbachev.

When presenting the letter to Kerry, Edelstein attached a dvar Torah. They two were pleased to meet and decided to enhance their relationship during subsequent trips to Israel of the senior US official.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)