What they are saying
“I congratulate Lenny Ben-David on the publication of this major work illustrating over a century of American support for the Jews of the Holy Land. For over 30 years, Lenny and I have cooperated
on projects in our respective professional lives. His knowledge and experience dealing with U.S.-Israel relations, Middle East affairs, and Jewish history in Eretz Yisrael is rich and vast.
Amb. Dore Gold
From the beginning to the end – U.S. Senators visiting the Western Wall in the 1930s on the cover, to young Bobby Kennedy reporting on the 1948 Israeli Independence War in the last chapter – Lenny Ben-David’s essays and collection of more than 100 photographs portray the special relationship between the United States and the Jewish population of the Holy Land from a
unique and memorable perspective.
American Interests in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs exposes the secrets that would otherwise have been hidden away by history: Chief Rabbi Abraham Kook visiting President Coolidge in the White House, the U.S. Navy’s evacuation of 6,000 Jews
from Jafa in 1915 before the Turks could expel them, the visit to a synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem by Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward in 1871, and more.
I first met Lenny Ben-David 20 years ago when he was an Israeli diplomat in Washington. With this wonderful book, he continues to strengthen the bonds between the United States and Israel.
Senator Joseph L. Lieberman
Lenny Ben-David has been involved
in the study and enhancement of U.S.-
Israel relations for more than 40 years.
He served as director of AIPAC’s Israel
ofice (The American Israel Public Afairs
Committee) for 15 years, and is the author
of Myths and Facts. Ben-David served as the
Deputy Chief of Mission in Israel’s Embassy
in Washington, D.C., for three years, and
consulted for foreign governments and
Ben-David is Director of Publications at the Jerusalem Center for Public Afairs, and publisher of www.israeldailypicture.com, a site dedicated to photo essays on the Holy Land.
He and his wife, Shellie, have known each other since fifth grade. They live in Efrat, outside of Jerusalem, surrounded by their children and grandchildren, and growing cherries, plums, pomegranates, and grapes.
They thank God for His grace and bounty every day.
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