Courtesy of JNS. Photo credit: Adam Sherez/Government Press Office, Israel
N.Y.C. Mayor Eric Adams at an event in Tel Aviv with business and tech innovators on the last day of a four-day trip to Israel, Aug. 24, 2023

(JNS) — On his last full day in Israel on Thursday, New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams exchanged ideas with innovators and entrepreneurs at an event co-organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM).

Adams connected the challenge of founding a nation with building a business. He said on Wednesday night that “hard is starting this country being surrounded by people who hated you. Hard is figuring out how to do drop irrigation so you can start growing your own products.”

To the group convened with co-sponsors F2 Venture Capital and Ximus Forum, Adams said: “Hard is building and being not only a startup nation but now leading a number of startups you’re seeing across the globe.”

The “White City Soirée” took place in Tel Aviv and also addressed the global rise in antisemitism. Adams warned that hatred against Jews possessed many layers and said that, “If we want to dismantle and combat antisemitism, we have to go to the core and the heart of it and dismantle the entire team.”

The mayor called for targeting “all of those who are participating in antisemitism, who are hiding their hand.”

CAM CEO Sacha Roytman Dratwa said of Adams’ visit, “We greatly appreciate the mayor’s strong and deeply felt friendship with the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and we’re excited to continue collaborating with him to tackle common challenges and capitalize on shared opportunities as we navigate the path forward in an increasingly interconnected world.”