Forget kabbalistic gurus, feminist authors and Orthodox revivalists. The hottest speaker on the national Jewish lecture circuit this year may be a Roman Catholic Republican from New York.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is racking up Jewish appearances in major cities as he crosses the nation to raise his national profile.
"We are getting requests from all over the country," said Bruce Teitelbaum, director of the mayor's political action committee, Solutions America, citing recent and upcoming events in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Miami.
The Palestinian Authority's recent seizure of a monastery in the West Bank town of Jericho raises "serious concerns" about its ability to govern fairly, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani charged Tuesday, flanked by Russian Orthodox clerics and Jewish representatives.
"Unfortunately, this outlines some of the serious problems with regard to a jurisdiction that doesnít provide equal rights," said the Republican mayor and likely U.S. Senate candidate. "[The PA] isn't a system of law, isn't a democracy, it isn't a lawful regime in that sense."
After months of avoiding criticism of Pat Buchanan, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now blasting the conservative isolationist who has been accused of anti-Semitism.
Giuliani's spokeswoman this week said the mayor "strongly opposes" Buchanan's presidential bid, and blasted comments in Buchanan's new book that the United States shouldn't have fought Hitler.
In March of 1994, barely three months into Rudolph Giuliani’s term as New York’s 107th mayor, a gunman opened fire on a van full of chasidic students crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Four yeshiva boys who had been visiting the Lubavitcher rebbe were wounded, one fatally.
Within hours the mayor was live on television, offering a reward and promising to use every available law enforcement resource to capture the terrorist. He held two more news conferences in the ensuing 24 hours, the latter to announce the arrest of gunman Rashid Baz.
Tuesday’s high-profile presidential forum held by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) with five of the party’s leading candidates may shake up a nomination contest in which many Jewish big givers remain on the sidelines, waiting for a clear frontrunner to emerge — a problem for a party that suddenly finds itself playing financial catch-up with the Democrats.
A strong supporter of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called the event a “turning point” for his candidate.