Friday, August 30, 2013

With Congressman David Reichert

Last night, I was invited to join Congressman David Reichert (R-Washington) and others at a farewell dinner.

Photo Credit: JBalint

The Congressman was visiting Israel to learn about issues of security and emergency services as he is a former police chief and sits on the Ways and Means Committee.  He is a member of the Law Enforcement Caucus.

It turned out it was his birthday, and so, he was presented with a cake:

(We couldn't eat it since the policy of kosher hotels is that no food can be brought in and eaten at a hotel event.  What is eaten in your hotel room, well, that's another matter).

There were some 25 guests and speakers included Dr. Joseph Frager, Dr. Arieh Eldad, Dr. Motti Kedar, MKs Shuli Mualem and Orit Struck, newspaper owner/published Shlomo Ben-Zvi and the Congressman himself. 

Congressman Reichert with journalist Judy Balint, a former Washingtonian

MK Shuli Mualem speaking (and being translated)

The main course was a delicious duck.

We met with other persons concerned with the issues of security and emergency services and discussions and exchanges of experience and knowledge was shared. 

I found the Congressman to be warm, humble and, as well, deeply impressed with his trip and what he saw and heard.


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