The former Consulate General of Israel was supposed to speak to Milwaukee about the history of the nation.
Ido Aharoni is a global respected professor at the International Relations School at the University of New York. Born in Israel, he spent 25 years in service in his homeland, including six years as General Consul in New York. Aharonni headed the ambassador and oversaw the operations of Israel's largest diplomatic mission in the world from 2010 to 2016.
On November 11, it is scheduled to speak in the evening of the famous Jewish National Fund guard at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Brovn Deer. The event will honor Gail and Martin. Aharoni will draw from his personal and professional experience to provide an overview of the way Israel has changed since its founding.
He said that the role he held as the Consul General, the chief diplomat, became the ambassador of Israel in the organized Jewish world. The job was part of his career progression, even though it was not the job he was working on.
"When the opportunity came, I just said:" Hey, this is a job in life. Let's do it, "he said." And I gave everything I had. "
He said that centers like him at the head that usually appear in the capital, but Israel believes that New York is the most important city in the world. New York is the "nerve center" of global media, finance, culture and art.
"It is the center of academic power," he said. "It's a place where many ethnic and religious groups are keeping their headquarters. For all these reasons and beyond, the consul general's board is constantly full."
His office was responsible for serving Israel's program for building bridges with communities that are important, he said.
The Consul General is a political meeting and works as a political party leader. Aharoni said that he was the unique choice for this function, because unlike most of the others who held the role, he was politically independent.
After retirement from that job, he started to work on other ventures. He is the director of Emerson Rigby, an Israeli investment, business development and consulting company he founded in 2016.
Aharoni is now in his third year of professorship at the NIU. He teaches two main subjects: branding nations and the influence of technology on traditional diplomacy. He also produces an annual conference on university topics. Aharoni said he aims to teach pupils how the past approaches to policy making were completely distorted. He said that he instructs students for creative thinking about solutions to new diplomatic conditions.
Work has to be shifted, he said, from advocacy models to proactive marketing.
"Diplomacy relied heavily on facts and relied heavily on historical arguments, legal arguments," he said. "It's all gone, technology has interrupted the conversation. Today, facts are being replaced by a story, and you are required to show strong marketing capabilities as a diplomat."
When Aharonne visited Milwaukee in November, he said he plans to use all this experience to explain how Israel's property has changed since its foundation and how it relates to the work of being a Jew in America.
He said he hoped that guests who heard his speech would find out that Israel was not just a place "difficult to handle."
"It's the right place with real people who have real achievements and real aspirations and real contributions," he said. "It's a country. It's not a conflict."
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What: Dinner for the protection of Israel, with Ido Aharoni
When: Sunday, November 11, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Where: Braun Deer
More information: Jnf.org or Kim Levi, Executive Director, Jewish National Fund for the West,
[email protected] or 414-963-8733.