From Ethiopia to the Knesset: Israeli Politician Shlomo Molla Tours U.S.

Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Shlomo Molla (right) shares a moment of humor with Kenneth Bialkin, Chairman of the America Israel Friendship League, sponsor of Molla's four-city east coast tour. (Photo: Maxine Dovere)

MAXINE DOVERE / Jewish News – JNS.org

This month, Molla toured New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago under the sponsorship of the America Israel Friendship League (AIFL), in a trip aimed at strengthening U.S.-Israel ties. The deputy speaker delivered the message of his transformative Israeli experience at meetings with African-American leaders, Christian and Jewish clergy, jurists, students, and a wide spectrum of Americans.

Molla’s Kadima party currently classifies itself as “the opposition.” Although it recently joined the Likud government, it almost as quickly withdrew from the coalition.

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