Cuomo visits Israel, prompting more speculation about 2020 presidential run

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Cuomo, seen as a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, is governor of a state with a large Jewish population.

Andrew Cuomo sought to allay concerns about anti-Semitism in the US this weekend during a whirlwind trip to Israel. "New York's principles are built on a rock, they will not change, and the political wind will not change them", he said.

"To the people of Israel, I say that these acts of anti-Semitism will not be tolerated", he added.

Cuomo's ' words came just hours after a number of headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn were overturned. He participated in a memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem's Hall of ‎Remembrance with President Reuven Rivlin.

The governor and company will return to NY on Monday.

" The second goal of this trip is 'Hineini, ' I am here, I have been here before, and I will be here again", he added.

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The New York-Israel Commission was announced during Cuomo's economic development and unity trip to Israel following a meeting with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Isreali business leaders. In New York City alone, anti-Semitic hate crimes almost doubled in the past year.

"To those people who want to destroy our relationship with the Jewish community, I say we're going to make our relationship stronger and we're going to fortify the bonds", Cuomo said Saturday.

The Israeli president, whose role is mostly ceremonial, also said "the same appreciation goes to President Trump, who condemned the recent attacks".

Governor Cuomo attended a security briefing at Jerusalem's Old City Police Headquarters with Minister of Public Security and Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan, Director of the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism Major Michael J. Cerretto and Special Counsel for Public Safety Letizia Tagliafierro.

Cuomo was last in israel in 2014, also on a visit aimed at showing solidarity with israel, that time during Operation Protective Edge.

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