“I love the country because of what David Ben Gurion said: ‘In Israel in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles’.”
Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House Communications Director for the Trump administration, spoke at a conference hosted by Arutz Sheva and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce held at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem Monday night.
Scaramucci discussed his own background, and related it to his staunch support for the State of Israel, according to an A7 report.
“I’m from an immigrant Italian family but the neighborhood that my family settled in, there was a very large Jewish community out there. And I’ll just point out to you that you think about your culture, sometimes it’s hard to see your culture from the inside, but if you’re observing the culture from the outside, I’ll tell you, it’s an unbelievable culture, it’s a beautiful culture that you should be very, very proud of, “ said Scaramucci, as was reported by Arutz Sheva.
“I stand before you guys full of humility and gratitude, because there are so many heroes in this room, keepers of the Sacred Trust between the L-rd and His Chosen People. To invite me here and welcome me into your country and into your hearts is actually one of the greatest honors of my life.”
After thanking Dr. Joseph Frager, whom he called a “ferocious Zionist superhero”, Scaramucci recounted that he’d been to Israel three times.
“The first time I was a 21-year-old and I had my backpack and I had no idea what I was doing, I was at Ein Gedi and I went scuba diving and I was hanging out at the Dead Sea, and taking buses everywhere… I’ll just tell you how ignorant I was–we took a cab, I was 21, I had four Americans with me, four of us in the car–we took a cab from Cairo across the Sinai Peninsula to the Rafah Gate. And of course it was a Friday night and the border was closed. So there we were with our backpacks, it was 1985, and the Israeli soldier told us we couldn’t stand by the gate waiting for the gate to open so we had to sleep in the desert. So that was my first introduction to Israel.
“I love the country because of what David Ben Gurion said about this country, ‘In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.’ And just to be here tonight for me is a miracle. Eretz Yisrael has been a miracle its entire history, its mere existence as a country as a sovereign nation has defied the odds. Its survival as a country is a story that no Hollywood screenwriter could ever have sold. It was just too far-fetched that a mere handful of people, less than the number who live in the State of New Jersey, could make a Garden of Eden in one of the most arid climates in the world–that’s truly a miracle.
“People came here once for freedom from persecution, where they could practice Judaism and study the Torah, a gift from Hashem Himself, and not be persecuted as a minority.
“But I have to tell you I was at Yad Vashem today, I was incredibly moved by that experience. If you love liberty and you love the sanctity of a human being, you cannot walk through the halls of that museum and not be moved emotionally to tears about what happened and what that atrocity was.
“So I know that this is G-d’s land for G-d’s Chosen People. I know that the State of Israel will exist today and forever in the future, and it’s important for anybody who believes in the concept of liberty and anybody in the West who believes in the individual spirit, to protect the State of Israel. Because we know that with the protection of the Jewish people is literally the wall to protect all other minorities in a civilization. And so for me–I speak as a Goy [non-Jew] in saying this, and I speak as a person that is a Zionist as a result of individual philosophy, and not personal religion. This is something I feel that we have to do for all people of the world, to protect the State of Israel.”
In an interview he gave with the Associated Press that appeared in the Washington Post, Scaramucci also said that his political career is not over. He told his interlocutors that he has not spoken with President Trump in over a month but that he does communicate with the president’s team on a regular basis. He adds that he can envision himself working for Trump in some capacity in the future.
“I have very good relationships there still, and you have to remember we were a team for 18 months, and so we all had different roles. And so I’m still playing my role frankly. I’m an advocate for the president, media surrogate when I need to be,” Scaramucci said.
He added that “At some point I’ll probably be more involved from the outside, but more in a re-election capability than from inside the administration.”
Scaramucci heaped praise on Chief of Staff John Kelly, for restoring order to the White House and even claimed to have been successful during his brief stint by helping bring the issue of unauthorized leaks under control.
“We identified quickly who many of the leakers were, and they’re gone,” he said. “You and I both know the leaks are down substantially. And that’s a positive thing for the president.”
Scaramucci also said that Trump is “a very practical and hard working guy” and that he wants to broker a viable and equitable Middle East peace solution. On a note of delight and optimism in regards to obtaining a long term peace between Israel and her Palestinian neighbors Scaramucci said that Israelis should be “super excited” because Trump has “Israel’s best interests in mind.”
Scaramucci urged the Palestinians to enter negotiations with an “open mind” and give Trump a chance.
“This is an American president that is a deal-making American president, incredibly practical,” he said. “I think you’ll find him to be a very balanced and fair guy.”
In a related development, Business Insider published a report indicating that Scaramucci had sought out a publisher for a tell-all book that he had intended to write about his unceremonious ouster from the White House inner circle. The report said that Scaramucci had difficulty finding a publishing house that was interested in such a memoir. According to the report, Scaramucci had given consideration to titling the book, “I Did It My Way” about his 10 days as Trump’s communications director, but decided against putting out such a book.
In addition to dishing on his bizarre extrication from the White House, Scaramucci’s book was to have dished on his “countless other interactions involving Sean Spicer, General McMaster, Sarah Huckabee and even the Vice President.”
Page Six of the New York Post reported that the former White house communications director had attempted to sell his story with the help of Trident Media Group.
But in a text message to Business Insider on Monday, Scaramucci struck a different tone. He said he was no longer interested in publishing a book, saying he was not willing to write the kind of tell-all that would create buzz but damage his standing with the president and the White House.
“In order for publishers to be interested it would have to be a tell-all,” Scaramucci wrote. “Not one publisher wanted anything else. I am a team player and don’t want to write a tell-all.”
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Scaramucci attempted to set the record straight on a public relations nightmare that he found himself embroiled in last month. He had posted an online poll asking people how many Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. He told the JPost that his intent for proffering such a poll was not to trivialize the gravitas of the Holocaust but to remind the public of its magnitude and unspeakable horrors.
When the poll triggered outrage amid claims it gave a back-wind to Holocaust deniers, it was pulled, according to the JPost, with Scaramucci offering his sincere apologies for the insensitive nature of the poll while pledging to donate $25,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Speaking to the JPost, Scaramucci said, “I have an Orthodox Jewish partner named Lance Leifer. One of his family members is a Holocaust survivor, and he was upset that Amazon was displaying an Anne Frank costume for Halloween.”
The intention behind the poll, Scaramucci said, “was to educate people. I think that if the living memory of this atrocity goes by the wayside, that is a calamity for the entire world, not just Jewry. From a content and intention perspective, we were trying to do the right thing. I think that stylistically we failed.”
Also addressing the conference was Education Minister and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett thanked Arutz Sheva. “The Honorable Rishon l’Tziyon, Rav Amar, my friends the Ministers, the wonderful Arutz Sheva family, Rabbanit Melamed who day and night does for the Jewish people together with the husband Rabbi Melamed, Uzi Baruch and the entire Arutz Sheva family: Thank you. Joe Frager, Ken Abramowitz, Duvi Honig, and everyone.”
“I want to share with you what I think is our generation’s mission, and it’s not on our radar enough. Here in Israel we’re very concentrated on what’s going on here. I think that in this day and age we are losing millions of Jews to assimilation. We have to save the Jews.
“100 years from now we will be asked, ‘You knew what was going on with the Jews in America, in Eastern Europe, in South America. What did you do?
“Few times in Israel’s history–in Jewish history–did we have such a potential loss of Jews, like when we lost the Ten Tribes.
“As Minister of Diaspora Affairs, I’m effectively the Minister of the Jews… We need to understand that the Jewish State is not only the state of the Israeli citizen, it’s a state where every Jew in the world has a stake here.”
By: David Ben Hooren