Stroock Welcomes Consul General of Israel Ido Aharoni
New York (June 7, 2012) — Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, hosted Ambassador Ido Aharoni, the Counsel General of Israel, at a forum today at the firm’s New York office.
Ambassador Aharoni discussed the rise of political Islam in the Middle East in a talk, “The Arab Spring – One Year Later.” He provided an assessment of what has transpired in several countries, possible scenarios of how their histories might unfold for the U.S. and the West, as well as implications for Israel’s future.
Stroock Partner Robert Abrams, former Attorney General of New York and Chair of Stroock’s Government Relations practice, and Stroock Co-Managing Partner Alan M. Klinger followed the presentation with questions for the ambassador.
Aharoni said that upheavals in Arab countries are not related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but have to do with the social unrest in each of those countries including political, religious, tribal and national conflicts. Discussing Iran, Aharoni began by saying that of 193 United Nations members, only one country – Iran – has called for the destruction of another – Israel, and that Iran in fact aspires to destabilize the entire region.
“Ambassador Aharoni offered fascinating insight into the developing landscape of the Middle East and how the struggle for leadership in those countries is impacting its relationship with Israel and the West,” said Abrams. “He helped open a window into the dynamics of the Middle East that informs our understanding of the region,” added Klinger.
Aharoni concluded with an optimistic tone about the Middle East: “Every instability presents an opportunity” for progress.
At his post since 2010, Aharoni represents the State of Israel to communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. A member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1991, he has held overseas positions in Los Angeles and New York. He previously served in the Israel Defense Forces as a company commander in the infantry during the first Lebanon war, and also served under then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres as policy assistant to Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians.
The event was the ninth in a series hosted by Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP during the last year. Previous participants included New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.; and Congressman Jerrold Nadler.