Friends in High Places: Marc Rich's Jewish Fans

The Forward - February 16, 2001

One-hundred people wrote letters that were included in a packet urging a presidential pardon for alleged tax cheat Marc Rich. More than one-half of the letter-writers are from Israel, including cabinet ministers, intelligence officials, mayors, professors and cultural icons. Others from Europe and the United States represent major Jewish organizations and communal institutions, medical institutions, businesses, yeshivas, museums and humanitarian organizations. Most of the organizations mentioned on this list were among those that received funds from Mr. Rich's Doron Foundation for Culture and Education, registered in Israel, or The Marc Rich Foundation, registered in Switzerland. Following is a partial list of the names obtained by the Forward from Rep. Dan Burton, chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform:


  • Shabtai Shavit

    , former director of the Mossad
  • Professor Shlomo Ben Ami

    , minister of foreign affairs, minister of public security
  • Roni Milo

    , minister of health; former mayor of Tel Aviv
  • Ephraim Sneh

    , deputy minister of defense; former minister of health
  • Professor Yaakov Neeman

    , former minister of justice
  • Shulamit Aloni

    , former minister of education and culture
  • Isaac Herzog

    , secretary to the Cabinet
  • Ehud Olmert

    , mayor of Jerusalem
  • Ron Huldai

    , mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
  • Teddy Kolleck

    , former mayor of Jerusalem
  • Shlomo Lahat

    , former mayor of Tel Aviv; chairman, Council on Peace and Security
  • Professor Itamar Rabinovich

    , president, Tel Aviv University; former ambassador to Washington
  • Professor Avishay Braverman

    , president, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Professor Moshe Kaveh

    , president, Bar-Ilan University
  • Haim Ben-Ami

    , CEO, ORT College for Advanced Technologies and Sciences, Jerusalem
  • Professor Avi Israeli

    , CEO, Hadassah Medical Organization, Jerusalem
  • Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef

    , CEO, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva
  • Dr. Dan Oppenheim

    , CEO, Rabin Medical Center, Tikva
  • Professor Jonathan Halevy

    , CEO, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem
  • Zubin Mehta

    , maestro & musical director, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Yaacov Agmon

    , CEO, Habima National Theatre of Israel
  • James S. Snyder

    , CEO & chief curator, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; former deputy director, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Raya Zomer

    , Ein Hod Dada Museum
  • Avi Pazner

    , world chairman, United Israel Appeal-Keren Hayesod; former ambassador to France and Italy
  • Rabbi Yehuda Amital

    , dean, Yeshivat Har Etzion
  • Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

    , chief rabbi of Efrat
  • Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook

    , chief rabbi of Rehovot
  • Dr. Daniel Tropper

    , president, Gesher Foundation; former assistant to minister of education
  • Aura Herzog

    , wife of Israel's sixth president, the late Chaim Herzog
  • Dr. Riyad Zanoun

    , minister of health, Palestinian National Authority

United States

  • Abraham Foxman

    , national director, Anti-Defamation League
  • Marlene E. Post

    , past international president, Hadassah; chairperson, Birthright Israel-North America
  • Noach Dear

    , Councilman, 44th District, New York City
  • Michael Steinhardt

    , chairman and CEO, Steinhardt Associates & Co.
  • Rabbi Irving Greenberg

    , chairman of the board, United States Holocaust Memorial Council; President, Jewish Life Network
  • Michael Schneider

    , executive vice president, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  • Dr. Anthony J. Cernera

    , President, Sacred Heart University & Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, Connecticut
  • Dr. Paul A. Marks

    , president, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Rabbi Shmuel Berenbaum

    , Rosh HaYeshiva, Mirrer Yeshiva Central Institute


  • Irene, Princess of Greece

    ; president, Mundo En Armonia, Spain
  • Josef Estermann

    , mayor of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Rabbi Rene-Samuel Sirat

    , chief rabbi of France; vice president, Conference of European Rabbis
  • Issac Querub Caro

    , president, Jewish Community of Madrid
  • Eyal Sela

    , counselor for cultural affairs, Embassy of Israel, Spain
  • Leo Pavlát

    , director, Jewish Museum of Prague

See Also:
  • The Clemency Page
  • We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves
  • The Hypocrisy Of Joseph diGenova
  • Israel's Role in Pardon Sparks Capital Feuding