Israeli ministers participate in Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City

Luke Tress is a JTA reporter and a former editor and reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Public Diplomacy Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan is seen at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City, June 4, 2023. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
Public Diplomacy Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan is seen at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City, June 4, 2023. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

NEW YORK — Several Israeli government ministers are participating in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City.

The ministers include Diaspora Minister Amichai Chikli, Public Diplomacy Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan, and Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu.

Distel Atbaryan says “It’s a huge huge pride for me to be a representative here of the Israeli government. It’s a marvelous day.”

She says protests at the event are “a joke.”

“They’re so lame,” Distel Atbaryan says. “ It’s bad for the left, not the Israeli government.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office requested that there be fewer ministers participating in the march, according to the Walla news site, after at least nine government ministers traveled or were planning to travel to New York to participate.

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