to Mayor Lupolianski
May 15, 2004
The Honorable Uri Lupolianski
Mayor of Jerusalem
Dear Mayor Lupolianski:
The 22nd Jerusalem Conference of Mayors has provided us with a unique
opportunity to visit your beautiful and historic city, to learn about
its governance, to learn about many of the special challenges facing the
State of Israel and to spend time with our colleagues from Israel and
from countries around the world. We also have been impressed with the
vigor and vitality of Israeli democracy. This has been an important Conference
and we are honored to have been able to take part in it.
Many of us came here in spite of concerns voiced by family and friends.
Never while we were here did we feel that our safety was in jeopardy.
We found Jerusalem and the other parts of Israel which we visited to be
peaceful and secure. When we return home we will encourage others to visit
Israel so that they can learn about the country, meet its people and be
able to see many of the important historic sites.
While we were here we also got a sense of the tragic toll that terrorism
is taking on the nation and on its people. We joined all Israelis in feeling
sorrow at the loss of 13 soldiers in Gaza while we were here. And we felt
that loss more directly when we learned that one of the soldiers was the
son of a friend of one of our delegation and when we saw the convoy taking
the body of one of the victims back to Jerusalem for burial. Yet with
these and other losses we could not help but be impressed by the resilience
of the Israeli people and their unwillingness to give in to terrorism.
We hope that a way soon can be found to reduce violence in the region
and to achieve a peaceful resolution of the differences that exist. We
know that peace will lead to a better life for both Israelis and Palestinians.
On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, we thank you, the municipality,
the American Jewish Congress, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for all of your help in making this
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