As the Consul General to the Midwest, Roey Gilad travels between 11 Midwest states representing Israeli interests. This week he visited St. Louis for the second time since becoming the consul general last February.
“I’m there to build bridges,” said Gilad. “The bridge is already there, I’m there to make it stronger and wider between the Midwest and the state of Israel, between Missouri and the state of Israel and between St. Louis and the state of Israel."
The animosity between the governments of Israel and Iran is significant.
Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once compared Israel to a cancerous tumor which should be “cut-off.” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel would be “eliminated,” and that the country has no roots in the Middle East.
Israel has drawn a line in the sand and is threatening preemptive action to prevent an Iranian nuclear capability.
Two people from their respective countries, however, are engaging in peer-to-peer diplomacy, putting aside hostility.