Friday, October 22nd | 16 Heshvan 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Gilad Erdan

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN

Appointed as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN in 2020, Gilad Erdan has been a strong and vocal representative of the Jewish state at an institution that has systematically discriminated against it. An active proponent of the historic peace agreements reached between Israel and several Arab nations in 2020, Erdan marked the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords by hailing the progress made in the region. “I strongly believe that as others in the region see the fruits of our partnerships and feel this transformation, they will join our circle of peace,” Erdan stated at a ceremony in New York City. Erdan has also clashed with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her attempt to legislatively block certain US weapons sales to Israel. “Your amendment further legitimizes Hamas’s heinous attacks against innocent civilians, as well as antisemitic lies,” Erdan told her in September. Prior to his arrival at the UN, Erdan was Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, where he coordinated the government’s strategy against the Palestinian-led efforts to delegitimize and boycott the State of Israel. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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