Watch: Peres, Blair, Amos Oz speak at Presidential Conf.

Speakers to discuss "Nation, Interests and Ethics in the Journey Toward Tomorrow"; Netanyahu, Livni also set to speak during 3-day conference.

Shimon Peres 311 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Shimon Peres 311
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
President Shimon Peres, Quartet envoy Tony Blair, French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, and author Amos Oz on Tuesday were set to participate in panel as a part of the three-day Israeli Presidential Conference.
The panelists were expected to discuss to what extent moral considerations should guide leaders in international relations.
Earlier Tuesday, Peres held a press conference with Colombian-born pop star Shakira to open the Presidential Conference.
During the conference, Shakira stressed that education is the best strategy for global stability and peace.
The speakers at this year’s President’s Conference will include Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, opposition head Tzipi Livni, Quartet envoy Tony Blair, former Shas chairman Arye Deri, British Ambassador Matthew Gould, US Ambassador Dan Kurtzer, French intellectual Bernard- Henri Lévy, author Amos Oz, US diplomat Dennis Ross, hitech entrepreneur Yossi Vardi – and, of course, President Shimon Peres.
Plenary sessions will deal with nations, ethics, trends, challenges, decisions, global perspectives for tomorrow and future media.
The panel discussions promise to be more interesting but will in many cases leave audiences frustrated because there will be too many people addressing each topic, which means that few if any participants will have time to develop a theme and audiences will not be much wiser, if any wiser, at the end.
The topics of some of these discussions are: Thin Ice – Criticism vs. Loyalty in Israel-Diaspora relations; The Israel Economy – A Small, Leading Market; Israel and America: Has the Love Cooled?; The Future of European Jewry; The Israeli- Palestinian Peace Process; Delegitimization; Conversion: Who Keeps the Gate for the Jewish Nation; Jewish Identity; Israel and the Diaspora: Relationship among Equals?; Cutting Edge Medicine; Will We Miss the Old Middle East?; New Energy for Tomorrow; The Jewish Dimension of a Peace Agreement; Where is Jewish Philanthropy Headed?; The Drama of Brain Research; and Stopping Nuclear Proliferation.
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