Veteran Affairs Secretary Wilkie Visits FOZ Museum

Israel erected the only monument of its kind outside of America to remember 9/11 with a complete name list of each of the 2,977 victims.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
September 14, 2019 15:40
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Dr. Rami Levi (Left) welcoming VA Secretary Wilkie (Center) and his wife, Julia (Left), to FOZ

Dr. Rami Levi (Left) welcoming VA Secretary Wilkie (Center) and his wife, Julia (Left), to the FOZ Museum. (photo credit: YOSSI ZAMIR)

US Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie visited Jerusalem last week to represent American President Donald Trump at a ceremony on Wednesday marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Washington and New York.

Israel’s memorial in the Arazim Valley west of Jerusalem is the only monument of its kind outside of America, incorporating metal salavaged from the Twin Towers and listing the names of the 2,977 victims.

Wilkie has held a variety of positions in national security affairs along with an impressive military career. He served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force. As well, he is a reserve officer in the United States Air Force Reserve assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff.

Wilke is the highest-ranking official within the US Administration to visit Jerusalem’s Friends of Zion Museum.

The museum documents the non-Jews who have contributed to the Zionist movement and the State of Israel. It also serves as a platform to fight global antisemitism and the BDS movement.

The Friends of Zion Museum is launching a $100 million global outreach project to educate the world about the Jewish state, its challenges, and its achievements. FOZ is developing an Ambassador Institute which includes the first Christian Zionist think tank, a communications center, and an online university.

Currently heading the FOZ Israeli board of trustees is IDF Gen. Yossi Peled. The late president Shimon Peres served as FOZ’s international chairman.


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