Mark S. Kirk has been described by some as Israel’s best friend in Washington. A crowd of nearly 250 recently gathered at the Northbrook Hilton outside of Chicago to show their gratitude to the former Republican senator at an event sponsored by the political action committee To Protect Our Heritage.
First elected to Congress in 2000, he served Illinois’s 10th Congressional District before winning an open U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Throughout his time in both the House and Senate, Kirk was a staunch defender and advocate for the Jewish state. He has served in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
A vocal opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Kirk never minced words over President Barack Obama’s harsh treatment of Israel and desire for detente with Iran. Kirk co-authored legislation to promote human rights and democracy in Iran as well as to strengthen and expand sanctions.
The Aug. 27 event featured two prominent guests attesting to Kirk’s achievements and leadership in Washington on behalf of Israel.
Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, was the evening’s featured speaker. He opened his remarks by telling the senator, “I voted for you as many times as I could, in accordance to the law here in Chicago.” He added, “I wrote your name in for president of the United States. I was the guy who did that.”
Hoffman’s comments took a more serious tone when he voiced concern over America’s current divisiveness.
“When I grew up here in Chicago, I don’t remember people as they are in America today. I don’t believe people knew what ‘red state’ and ‘blue state’ was back then. Now, everybody knows; and everybody dislikes the people from the other states,” he said.