Remembering New York Mayor Ed Koch: A Liberal Who Stood Up for Israel

The feisty former mayor was a proud Jew who spoke his mind. For him, anti-Zionism was equal to anti-Semitism.

Ed Koch was the personification of New York and of the Jewish community of New York. He was proud of being a New Yorker and he was proud of being a Jew. And he expressed his likes and dislikes without any hesitation and with a legendary feistiness. You always knew where Ed Koch stood.

More than that, Ed Koch symbolized the maturation of American Jews in the second half of the 20th century. No longer...