(photo credit: JP)
As we stride into 2012, there are far more questions than answers on the news
that this year might yield.
Will the international community stop Iran’s
nuclear program? Last year’s Arab Spring may have unleashed a new democratic
spirit in the Middle East, but how will we deal with the primary beneficiaries –
Islamist parties? How should the Jewish state respond to the threats posed on
its northern and southern fronts by Hezbollah and Hamas? Can it make peace with
the Palestinians in the wake of the rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas?
will the US elections affect Israel? Are we headed for another recession, or is
our economy resilient enough to bounce back? Why is anti- Semitism again rearing
its ugly head across the globe, and how should the Israeli government, Diaspora
Jews and our many friends everywhere respond to our enemies’ attempts to
delegitimize and demonize Israel?
We believe it’s time to fight back – with the
powerful weapon of words – and explain to the world why Zionism is still a just
cause, that our democratic state is the antithesis of apartheid, and how our
stellar “Start-Up Nation” should be shining brightly as “a light unto the
These are just some of the hot topics to be addressed at The
’s first annual conference in New York on April 29.
assembled a line-up of prominent personalities and politicians from Israel and
the US, as well as top Jerusalem Post journalists to discuss the enormous
challenges facing Israel and the Jewish people.
The day-long event will
provide our readers in the New York area with a unique opportunity to hear
directly from our most erudite news-makers and shakers, writers and
Among the most eloquent advocates for Israel scheduled to
speak are former prime minister Ehud Olmert, American Jewish leaders Malcolm
Hoenlein and Abraham Foxman, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, Deputy
Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Ambassadors Michael Oren and Ron Prosor, MK Danny
Danon, former Mossad director Meir Dagan and former IDF chief Gabi
As The Jerusalem Post
– the Jewish world’s flagship newspaper
– marks its 80th birthday, the conference will also serve as a forum to meet
some of our own shining lights: senior editors and reporters David Brinn, Herb
Keinon, Yaakov Katz and Gil Hoffman, and columnists Caroline B. Glick, Isi
Leibler and Naomi Ragen.
Danny Ayalon has already given us a tantalizing
taste of what he plans to talk about at the conference.
“Our enemies have
failed to defeat us on the conventional battlefield, through economic boycotts
and the scourge of terrorism,” he told the Post. “The assault on Israel’s
legitimacy is a concern because for the first time the Jewish Diaspora is on the
front lines in a battle against those who attack Israel incessantly, mercilessly
“The Jewish people, wherever they may live, have an equal
share in Israel and its future. While those of us living in Israel have a
responsibility to build the land and defend it physically, our brothers and
sisters in the Diaspora have a responsibility to help us attain our achievements
and assist Israel’s defense on the battleground of ideas.”
Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations, in a meeting with editors in our Jerusalem office
this week, called for “a global front” against a nuclear Iran.
ultimate threat has to be a credible one for this to work. I think the United
States and Israel do want to work together on this,” he said. “We have different
interests sometimes. Even the closest of allies can have different
interests, but we can’t let that be displayed publicly, and I think that what we
have to do is to show a global united front.... Most of the Arab
countries today fear Iran more than anything.”
Hoenlein said the
Jerusalem Post Conference is being held at “an opportune time, given the
political climate in America, and the many issues that we as a community are
addressing, both in the United States and Israel.”
He welcomed the
quality of those “on the front line of these issues who have been invited to
explore them and prepare for the challenges ahead.”
“I think The
is to be congratulated on this initiative, and I hope people will
take advantage of this unique opportunity,” Hoenlein said.
We urge our
readers to purchase tickets for this very special event as soon as possible on
our website (www.jpost.com
) or by phone.
In the US, you can call 1-
888-576-7881 toll free, while in Israel, call *2423. We look forward to seeing