Influencing American and Israeli Policy Through Music

At the Israel Day Concert in New York's Central Park on Sunday, which reached its max turnout of 10,000 people, Arutz Sheva got a chance to speak with Dr. Joseph Frager, organizer of the event, and Dr. Paul Brody who serves as chairperson of the concert.

Recalling how the Israel Day Concert was created, Frager noted it was initiated 22 years ago in response to the 1993 Oslo Accords, "which were, we felt, a catastrophe for Israel and we were unfortunately proven correct on that."

Aside from being a chance to soak in good music, Brody noted the concert aims to provide a strong message urging people to be more active in supporting and representing the Jewish state.

This year's concert focused on the impending threat of Iran's nuclear program as Iran and world powers wind down negotiations on a nuclear deal ahead of a June 30 deadline; critics warn the deal will legitimize Iran's push to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Frager commented that by getting 10,000 people to attend, among them noted politicians and public figures, the concert hopes to influence the political systems in America and Israel so as to better defend the Jewish state's interests.

One of those interests include recognizing the legitimacy of Israel, with Brody expressing his hopes that the next US president will move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the 3,000-year-old capital of Israel: Jerusalem.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196105

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