Lightstone On The American-Israeli Relationship And His Debut Book Let My People Know | The Jewish Press – | Alan Zeitlin | 1 Av 5782 – July 29, 2022


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In this interview, Lightstone says Israel should not have a “right” to defend itself but rather an obligation.

How do you say no to an offer you can’t refuse?

In his debut book, Aryeh Lightstone explains what it was like to serve as an aide to David Friedman, American ambassador to Israel.

Aryeh Lightstone, 42, almost did. He’d become friends with David Friedman, former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, and Friedman got the president’s approval to allow him to bring along a senior advisor. Lightstone worried that since they were both politically conservative and religiously Orthodox, the optics might be that they were too similar. But after a discussion he agreed to take the position and moved his family to Israel for his job from 2017 to 2021.

“It was the greatest privilege of my life,” Lightstone, who is an…

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