Israeli and international policy-makers and analysts gathered for the 16th Annual Herzliya Conference, convened by the Interdisciplinary Center's Institute for Policy and Strategy .
Key international speakers at the three-day event include former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, US Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
Several Israeli leaders will be addressing the portion of the conference focusing on "Shared Israeli Hope," including President Reuven Rivlin, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Joint Arab List leader Ayman Odeh.
The head of IDF Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Herzi Halevi, was scheduled to deliver a strategic review and intelligence assessment on Israel in a turbulent Middle East.
Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold was set to take part in a panel discussing Iran's conflicts with other regional actors and alliances.
Former president Shimon Peres was set to deliver a keynote address, as well as a Q&A session with senior Maariv
journalist Ben Caspit.
The future of Israeli hi-tech and natural gas, as well as the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement will also be among the key issues on the agenda at the conference.
Former prime minister Ehud Barak was also scheduled to address the forum.