Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein last week received the Warrior for Truth Award from American Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner for being among the 100 people who influenced the lives of Jews worldwide in 2014.
During the newspaper`s second annual ‘Jewish 100′ Gala, which was held in New York City on Tuesday, Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter, accepted the posthumous award on her mother’s behalf. Tycoon Donald Trump received the Liberty Award for his contributions to US-Israel relations.
Upon accepting the award, Edelstein said ”Today unfortunately there is no concept of pure, ultimate truth. The ‘truth’ of the claims by others on our land does not exist.”
Noting the historical connection of the Jewish people to Israel, Edelstein referenced the Biblical patriarchs saying ”when I leave my home I walk on paths where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked. And that’s the truth regarding our rights to the land”.
”When (Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud) Abbas shouts at the UN about rights to the land – that’s a complete lie!” Edelstein declared. Addressing the Iranian nuclear threat, the Knesset Speaker said ”whoever claims that an agreement with Iran is a good path to peace is lying, because the truth is that they are approaching nuclear weapons, and the world must act now before it’s too late.”
The event was attended, among others, by Jewish community leaders, Jewish businesspeople and Israeli Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni.