Some 50 ambassadors to Israel and 120 consuls-general, military attachés and
other foreign embassy staff members have confirmed their attendance at the first
Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Herzliya next Wednesday.
Minister and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman, former foreign minister
Tzipi Livni – who has now formed a new political party – and US Ambassador
Daniel Shapiro will lead the lineup of VIPs slated to address the invitation-
only event, hosted by The Jerusalem Post’s Editor-in-Chief Steve
“Coming soon after Operation Pillar of Defense and only a month
before our elections in Israel, this unique event is sure to spark news from the
prestigious speakers,” Linde said, noting that more than 40 foreign and local
correspondents are expected to cover the conference.
“We will no doubt
address the current tension between the international community and Israel over
the government’s plan to build 3,000 new housing units over the Green Line,” he
Joining Liberman, Livni and Shapiro on the dais will be former
Israel Air Force commander Maj.-Gen. (res.) Ido Nehushtan, who will present an
overview of the security challenges facing Israel. There will also be addresses
by Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, and Efi Stenzler,
world chairman of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund
All guests will receive a special magazine compiled for the
conference, which coincides with the Post’s 80th birthday.
media specialist Brig.-Gen. (res.) Avi Benayahu, who has served as IDF spokesman
and adviser to the prime minister and the defense minister, the conference will
fill a void for the members of the foreign diplomatic corps.
“In all my
previous roles, I understood that the we could be doing more for the diplomatic
community, but were restricted by lack of time and resources,” said Benayahu,
who formulated the idea of a diplomatic club dialogue in his role as media
adviser to the Post. “The Jerusalem Post – an Israeli institution and unbiased
disseminator of news – is perfectly placed to fill that void and provide
information directly to the diplomats without any barriers.”
emphasized that the inauguration of the club was the first of regular meetings
that the Post would be sponsoring for diplomats, including planned power
breakfasts, symposiums, field trips and annual conferences like the one taking
place on Wednesday.
“There’s no doubt that this will be a successful
integration of the diplomatic community and The Jerusalem Post’s ability to
offer the best people with the best information about what is happening in
Israel and in the region,” he said. “It’s a win-win situation.”