Quotes by: Edgar Bronfman, Sr.
|Edgar Bronfman Sr.
Edgar Bronfman in 1989
||Edgar Miles Bronfman
June 20, 1929
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
||December 21, 2013
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death
||New York, NY
||$2.6 billion (2011)
Lady Carolyn Townshend
Rita "Georgiana" Webb
(1994–2013; his death)
Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Holly Bronfman Lev
Saidye Rosner Bronfman
||Minda de Gunzberg (sister)
Phyllis Lambert (sister)
Charles Bronfman (brother)
Based on the Gaza precedent, Israel should not simply be expected to withdraw from territory and let it devolve into a state of anarchy. The West Bank is simply too close to Israel's major population centers and infrastructure to allow it to become another launching pad for rockets.
Much of what has gone wrong in the pursuit of Arab-Israeli peace is due to a lack of strong leadership, primarily among the Palestinians.
My father put it right when he said: 'I don't get ulcers. I give ulcers.'
It is high time that the Arab world's professed desire for peace is matched by responsible action, and not more of the same equivocation.
Just as we send young American Jews to Israel through the Birthright program, we need to also consider a 'reverse Birthright' for Israeli kids to come see America.
Jewish sovereignty and governance over our ancestral home are, I believe, important goals that every Jew ought to support.
If Catholics and Jews can today come together regularly for talks after so many tears and so much blood have been shed, than Jews and Arabs must be able to do the same.
In the modern era, Jewish sovereignty over the land of our ancestors is a relatively short phenomenon. From the time of the successful Maccabean revolt to the Roman annexation in 63 BC constitutes about 100 years of Jewish rule. Combined with Israel's independence in 1948, this is about 160 years of effective sovereignty.
No one said anything to my face, but I constantly heard comments denigrating Jews.
I don't believe in God. I do believe in Judaism. I believe in ethics, morals.
Economic support from the rest of the Arab states to the fledgling Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is virtually non-existent.
The beauty of Judaism is that it demands we ask questions, especially of ourselves.
Investments are a real partnership, with an expected return; donations are a gesture made as a result of ethical, religious, or political passions.
Maintaining control indefinitely over millions of Palestinians will inevitably lead to a demographic nightmare and cannot be sustained if Israel is to remain true to its founding principles.
For decades, the plight of the Palestinian people has been exacerbated by internal corruption, a lack of effective investment, and the political cynicism of the Arab states, who often did not have the best interests of the Palestinians at heart.
Contrary to many of the rumors and innuendo in circulation, I wholeheartedly believe that Obama views Israel's security as absolute.
A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a region free of Iranian nukes are worthy goals that should be able to withstand public scrutiny in every Middle Eastern capital.
Arab youth are taught to wonder, 'Since the Holocaust was a European affair, why are the Palestinians being forced to pay for the creation of Israel?'
The search for a Jewish national home came about due to centuries of anti-Semitic pogroms, expulsions, discrimination and hate. The Holocaust was simply the evil culmination of all that came before it.
Israel desperately needs peace if it is to come anywhere close to being the 'light unto nations' of Jewish dreams.
The majesty of the American Jewish experience is in its success marrying its unique Jewish identity with the larger, liberal values of the United States. There is no need anymore to choose between assimilation and separation. We are accepted as equals.
Intermarriage is not a calamity but an opportunity for both a Jewish and non-Jewish partner to learn.
With the common Iranian threat bringing the Sunni Arab world and Israel closer together, an Israeli-Palestinian peace would go a long way in improving relations and rebuffing Iran's regional ambitions.