Robert Aronson 09

September 11, 2003


Robert Aronson explains Max Fisher's dedication to the belief of Israel as a homeland.
Credit: Mort Crim Communications

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Israel didn’t have two cents to rub together, and they’re bringing in all these immigrants from Yemen and Morocco—poor people, miserable, you know, out-cast people. And Max, who was a businessman, said to the Prime Minister at the time, “You know, you may have to stop the immigration because you can’t afford it.” And the Prime Minister said to him, “Young man, that’s something that we’re never gonna do. Doesn’t matter whether you’re there or you’re not there, that’s what we’re all about as a country and we’re gonna continue to do this.” And that has stuck with Max all these many years: it’s his dedication and belief in the notion of Israel as a homeland, as a Jewish homeland.