A veritable who’s who of the Israeli political and diplomatic community are to
convene Thursday morning in Herzliya for the second annual Jerusalem Post
Over 200 ambassadors, consuls and members of the
foreign diplomatic corps are expected to join around 100 senior Israeli
officials, leaders of world Jewry, foreign correspondents from the leading
global media outlets, and the Post’s editors and management to hear a
wide-ranging lineup of speakers, led by President Shimon Peres, Finance Minister
Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
editor-in-chief Steve Linde said the conference was taking place at an opportune
“This is a critical time for the future of Israel as a Jewish,
democratic state in a region suffering massive turmoil,” said Linde, who will
emcee the morning conference at the Daniel Herzliya and hold a question-
and-answer session with Peres. “Who better to answer questions about the
existential challenges facing us than the sterling lineup of guest speakers we
have invited?” In addition to Peres, Lapid and Livni, conference attendees will
hear talks from British Ambassador Matthew Gould; Post senior contributing
editor and columnist Caroline B. Glick; Maj.-Gen. Noam Tibon, the commander of
the IDF Northern Corps, who will be providing a security overview of how the
army is dealing with threats facing Israel; and Roger Cukierman, president of
CRIF (The Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions).
talking about an event of extreme importance for the public image of Israel,”
said Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO of The Jerusalem Post Group. “At the same time
that Israel’s being presented as being isolated in the world, here are hundreds
of ambassadors coming together to meet the leadership of the Israeli government
and to hear their views.”
She added that “The Jerusalem Post is a central
source of information for the diplomatic community and their staff that are
stationed in Israel. Within this framework, we’ve organized this annual event
that provides them with a comprehensive diplomatic and security
The Iranian nuclear drive and the peace talks with the
Palestinians will be the focus of the question-and-answer session with Peres and
will undoubtedly play a large role in the other sessions.
Both Lapid and
Livni expounded on their views of the renewed negotiations with the Palestinian
Authority, in interviews with the Post ahead of the conference.
peace process won’t work, we should start again and again,” Lapid told the
Post’s political correspondent Gil Hoffman and economic correspondent Niv Elis.
“It may be Churchillian, and if not, it should be: Never, never, never give up.
As I said in the campaign, we are seeking an honest divorce from the
Palestinians, not a wedding. We [in the Yesh Atid party] will push the process
Livni, who is in charge of the government’s
negotiations with the PA, also stressed the urgency of the talks for Israel’s
“Peace and two states for two peoples is not only an imperative
to avoid the statistical demographic issue of Palestinians outnumbering
Rather, it is necessary to preserve the Jewishness of Israel’s
Jewish and democratic state model,” she told Hoffman and the Post’s legal
correspondent, Yonah Jeremy Bob.
She also provided some insight into the
Israeli strategy in the negotiation process.
“In the negotiations, both
sides are trying to get what they want. For instance, the Palestinians want a
border. We want security. There are tactics of negotiations, of give and
They can’t concede on one thing if they don’t think they’ll get
what they want. These tactics maintain our interests in the negotiating room,”
By the end of the five-hour conference, most of the
geopolitical issues facing Israel and the Jewish people today will likely have
been raised and discussed.
“Our aim is to address the challenges facing
Israel and, in doing so, create news and promote the international brand name
and reputation of The Jerusalem Post as the leading source of news from Israel
and the Middle East,” said Linde.
The entire event will be streamed live
at www.jpost.com beginning from 9:20 a.m.
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