CIA Director Mike Pompeo Delivers Riveting Keynote Address at “Our Soldiers Speak” Gala Dinner in NYC

CIA Director Mr. Mike Pompeo addresses the Our Soldiers Speak 2017 gala in the ballroom of the Capitale in NYC

On Thursday, November 2nd, more than 700 guests filled the ballroom at Capitale, New York for the 2017 “Our Soldiers Speak” Gala dinner.

The evening honored Joe and Trina Cayre, Dr. Jana Kohl and David and Karen Rosenberg. The keynote speaker was Director of the CIA, Mr. Mike Pompeo who briefed the audience on the ongoing close relationship between the US and Israel.

Additional speakers included Major General Avshalom Peled, Commander of the Israel National Police Training Academy and Colonel Richard Kemp, former Commander of British forces in Afghanistan. All three highlighted and praised the work of OSS.

Rozita Pnini, president of Our Soldiers Speak and Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, Founder and Director of Our Soldiers Speak also addressed the guests.

Major General Avshalom Peled, Commander, Israel National Police Academy and Consul General Dayan

The Master of Ceremonies was famed criminal defense attorney, and stalwart supporter of Jewish causes and Israel, Mr. Benjamin Brafman.

Our Soldiers Speak is the only organization which brings high ranking, senior, uniformed Commanders and Officers of the IDF and the Israel National Police to speak at college campuses, brief Congressional and other governmental leaders and present at community and synagogue programs.

Recently, the Jewish Voice spoke with Sergeant Benjamin Anthony, the Founder and Senior Lecturer of Our Soldiers Speak. “OSS Campus speaks to the pro, the anti and the undecided element of the global student and faculty community alike. To date, we have reached over 400 campuses in several continents,” said Sergeant Anthony.

From Left to Right: Gala Honoree, Joe Cayre, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Anthony

Having made aliyah in 2004 from the United Kingdom to Israel, Sergeant Anthony joined the IDF and served in “Operation Protective Edge” as a conscript soldier and from 2007 to the present he has been a reservist.

“The main objective of ‘Our Soldiers Speak’ is to connect Israeli policy makers to today’s world leaders,” said Sergeant Anthony. “We have found that when we present the truth about Israel, we can dispel the notions of the propagandists that have engulfed us and we are in a better position to influence opinion makers in the future,” he added.

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Benjamin Anthony greets US Army Captain David Leydet and West Point Cadets
The Master of Ceremonies for “Our Soldiers Speak” gala dinner was prominent attorney Mr. Benjamin Brafman. He is pictured here extending greetings to the gala attendees.



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