"I think this is outrageous," the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein, said. "Ahmadinejad has proven that dialogue serves no useful purpose except to give him legitimacy and recognition. How can you have a dialogue with someone who says he is guided by the hidden imam who died in the ninth century?"
Mr. Hoenlein added that he declined the council's invitation. His organization is organizing a protest against Mr. Ahmadinejad.
The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, said that initially the Iranian president was invited to a dinner at the council.
"This was over the top," Mr. Foxman, who also declined the council's invitation to meet with Mr. Ahmadinejad, said. "It's one thing to invite him to hear his views. But it's something else to break bread with him."
Sep 18, 2006
I'm surprised they have this much sense
NY's Jewish leaders spurn offer to meet with Ahmadinejad offered by the Councilon Foreign Relations.