Jerusalem Grapevine: ‘We missed you’

News briefs from around the Jerusalem area.

December 22, 2016 19:40
3 minute read.
Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold

Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

• NOTWITHSTANDING THE heavy downpour of rain, an overflow audience gathered at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Mishkenot Sha’ananim last week for the memorial for Prof.

Daniel J. Elazar, the founding president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Current president Dore Gold was warmly welcomed back by Prof. Arthur Eidelman, who is the chairman of the JCPA Board of Fellows steering committee. Gold took a leave of absence in June 2015 to serve as director general of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and resigned that position in October 2016.

According to the JCPA website, Gold “advanced policies that strengthened Israel on a global level – from Africa and Asia to the Mideast and the Western world.”

Eidelman, who was the moderator at the memorial event at which Gold conversed with eminent legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, said to Gold when welcoming him: “We missed you.”

Eidelman added that now that Gold was back at JCPA, he expected activities to go into overdrive.

The conversation between Gold and Dershowitz naturally focused on the US presidential elections and their possible aftermath, most notably as far as Israel is concerned, the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Dershowitz said that he was in favor of such a move but that it should be done in three stages, the first being a declaration by the new administration that it recognizes all of Jerusalem as part of Israel, and then declare that it wants and plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem “in consultation with our allies.” Only after that should the embassy be relocated, he said.

Surprisingly, Dershowitz glossed over The Jerusalem Embassy Act that was passed by the 144th Congress on October 23, 1995, for the purpose of initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama each blocked implementation of the law. Meanwhile, 21 years have elapsed since it was passed, and 17 years since it was supposed to go into effect. It will be interesting to see if Donald Trump pushes the law forward in the 18th year, especially bearing in mind the symbolism of the number 18 in Jewish tradition.

• LIFE IS an eternal round of conferences for Jon Medved, the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, which is headquartered at 28 Hebron Road in Jerusalem. Medved was among the speakers this week in a session on Israel’s and India’s innovation technology, which was one of the sessions at the Jerusalem Leaders’ Summit held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Medved is in the process of organizing a mega conference of his own, scheduled for February 16 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center with an expected attendance of around 5,000. Medved has conveniently scheduled his Global Investor Summit for a Thursday so that foreign participants who can spare the time will stay for a day or two afterwards so they can get to see something of Jerusalem and possibly float in the Dead Sea as an experience of something different. Among subjects to be discussed are updates on cyber security, what’s new in the digital health sector, innovations in equity crowdfunding, business coexistence in the Middle East, the Asian invasion into the Israeli tech scene and more.

To make the total experience even more inviting, Medved has secured special preferential rates at a number of well-known Jerusalem hotels. These include:
                          SINGLE   DOUBLE
Inbal                      $230        $250
Yehuda                  $160        $175
Crowne Plaza         $165        $195
Herbert Samuel       $170       $200
Mamilla                  $330       $340
David Citadel          $330        $340
King David              $340       $358

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