Six U.S. Mayors to Travel to Israel on Special Mission
Will Meet with President, Mayors of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa
Led by Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles, President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, six U.S. mayors will visit Israel later this week to meet with President Moshe Katsav, the Mayors of Israel's three largest cities and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk. The mayors will be briefed on and be able to view firsthand current conditions in Israel and to discuss their impact on the peace process. They will be in Israel from Thursday, November 30 through Sunday, December 3.
In addition to Mayor Coles, the special mission will include Beaumont Mayor David Moore, North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy and Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf. The mission is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Congress, the Israel Ministry of Tourism and The U. S. Conference of Mayors.
The U.S. mayors will present letters to Mayors Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem, Ran Hulda'i of Tel Aviv and Amram Mitzna which urge an end to the recent violence in Israel and call for resumption of peace negotiations. The letters recognize that it is mayors who generally must deal with the consequences of violence and is intended as a show of support for their counterparts in Israel during this difficult period.
All of the mayors participating have attended the annual Jerusalem Conference of Mayors in past years. For more than two decades, that conference has brought mayors from around the world to Jerusalem to meet with the Mayor of Jerusalem and leaders of the State of Israel and to address issues of mutual concern.
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.