Malcolm I. Hoenlein

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Malcolm I. Hoenlein has been the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations since June 1986.

He has reportedly been described variously as 'one of the most powerful people, politically, in the United States', as having 'the greatest Rolodex in the world'[1] and as the 'most influential private citizen in American foreign policy-making'[2].

He is 'seen as the gatekeeper to the extraordinary wealth and influence of the far-flung American Jewish diaspora' by Israelis and Dore Gold, former Israel ambassador to the UN has reportedly said: 'The government changes, and the administration changes, but Malcolm is always there'.[3]

Attendance at Herzliya Conference

Hoenlein has spoken several times at the Herzliya Conference, a major security conference held annually in Israel:

Views

Right-wing, unlike most American Jews

Hoenlein is widely seen as a Republican sympathiser though he has not stated this publically, nor does his name appear on any list of party donors.[9] But at 2009 meeting with President Obama, he was seen as one of the most hostile among a group of Jewish leaders.[10] Journalist Allison Hoffman doubts he was among the 78 per cent of Jews in America who voted for Obama, suggesting his leadership role in the Conference may mean it is out of step with the majority of American Jewry. In contrast, 'no Israeli government has had to worry about winding up on the wrong side of a public statement issued by Hoenlein or the Conference'.[11]

Alleged pro-settlements stance

According to Michael Massing, Hoenlein believes that Jews 'have a right to live in Judaea and Samaria [a Biblical name for the West Bank], part of the ancient Jewish homeland - just as they have a right to live in Paris or Washington' and:

has long been involved with the settlers' movement. For several years in the mid-1990s, he served as an associate chairman for the annual fundraising dinners held in New York for Bet El, a militant settlement near Ramallah that actively worked to scuttle the peace process by provoking confrontations with neighboring Palestinians.[12].

Early symapthy with Meir Kahane

He has said that he was 'intellectually sympathetic' with Meir Kahane, founder of the extreme-right Jewish Defense League, 'when he started'.[13]

Affiliations

Funding

It has been reported that in 2008 Hoenlein, according to IRS documents, 'made more than $385,000 in cash and benefits from the Conference and a related nonprofit fund'.[15]

Resources

Notes

  1. Allison Hoffman, King Without A Crown, Tablet, accessed 18 July 2012
  2. Michael Massing, Deal Breakers, American Prospect, accessed 17 July 2012
  3. Allison Hoffman, King Without A Crown, Tablet, accessed 18 July 2012
  4. Program, The 6th Conference, herzliyaconference.org, accessed 6 June 2012.
  5. The 7th Conference - 2007, herzliyaconference.org, 23 May 2012.
  6. The 10th Annual Herzliya Conference, herzliyaconference.org, accessed 25 February 20201.
  7. Herzliya2011 Preliminary Programme, herzliyaconference.org, accessed 14 October 2011.
  8. The Twelfth Annual Herzliya Conference, herzliyaconference.org, accessed 1 June 2012.
  9. Allison Hoffman, King Without A Crown, Tablet, accessed 18 July 2012
  10. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Obama Moves to Assuage Jewish Leaders, New York Times, accessed 18 July 2012
  11. Allison Hoffman, King Without A Crown, Tablet, accessed 18 July 2012
  12. Michael Massing, Deal Breakers, American Prospect, accessed 17 July 2012
  13. Allison Hoffman, King Without A Crown, Tablet, accessed 18 July 2012
  14. Malcolm I. Hoenlein Biography, Conference of Presidents, accessed 3 July 2012
  15. Allison Hoffman, King Without A Crown, Tablet, accessed 18 July 2012