Monday, July 21 THE PRESIDENT'S annual conference based on the Democracy Index will take place at 10 a.m. at Beit Hanassi. Participants in the by-invitation-only event will include President Shimon Peres, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and others. The conference, which is being organized by the Israel Democracy Institute, will explore issues such as the nation's interest, or lack of interest, in politics, based on a survey indicating that only 60 percent of the public is interested in politics, and the place of civil society in the State of Israel. Among the speakers will be Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Shlomo Avineri, New Israel Fund executive director Eliezer Yaari, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College Prof. Naomi Hazan and Prof. Asher Orian of the Gutman Center and the IDI. DUE TO the upcoming visit by US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, the BESA lecture, which was to have been given by former US ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer, has been canceled, as Kurtzer is involved in arrangements for the visit. Tuesday, July 22 FORMER OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Peled will be speaking in Haifa at 8 p.m. Peled is currently an advisor in security and business matters in Israel and abroad, and is chairman of the board of the South Lebanon Refugees Absorption Committee and chairman of the board of the Oron Company. He is past chairman of the Peled Committee and past chairman of the board of Tadiran and other private-sector companies. For more details contact Carolyn Tal at (052) 825-8585. Wednesday, July 30 MAJ.-GEN. (res.) Ya'acov Amidror will deliver the Jabotinsky Institute's annual Jabotinsky lecture at the institute's Tel Aviv headquarters at 38 King George Street at 7 p.m. The lecture will be based on Jabotinsky's principles and their relevance today. It will take place on the eve of the 68th anniversary of Jabotinsky's death, which will be commemorated at Mount Herzl on Thursday at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31 THE ANNUAL Hadassah Medical Conference will take place at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. It begins at 9 a.m. with an address by Hadassah managing director Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, who will review 60 years of health care and medicine in Israel. For registration and more information call: (02) 531-5813.