The discussions during the Conference were intended to deal with a range of dimensions that together make up the matrix of tomorrow. In this concluding plenary, we will seek to take a complete and comprehensive look at the picture of tomorrow, to identify the critical decisions we are able to make and that we must make if we are indeed to have a better tomorrow.
H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres, Israel:
H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres is the President of the State of Israel. Peres served as a Member of Knesset for 48 years, the longest term of service in the history of the Israeli Knesset. He served as Minister in 12 cabinets and served twice as Prime Minister (1984-1986, 1995-1996), Deputy Minister of Defense under Ben Gurion (1959-1965), Treasury Minister (1988-1990), Minister of Defense (1974-1977, 1995-1996), and Foreign Minister (1986-1988, 2001-2002). In 2007, Shimon Peres was elected to serve as the ninth President of the State of Israel.
The Hon. Benjamin Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, serving in his third term of office having been elected in 1996, 2009 and 2013. In 1993, he was elected Likud party chairman and served as Leader of the Opposition until being elected as Prime Minister of Israel. Netanyahu has also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance. In the past, he served as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.
Natan Sharansky is the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He was a Prisoner of Zion and a leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel. Sharansky founded the Yisrael B’Aliyah party and served in four successive Israeli governments, as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. He is the author of three bestselling books and is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Professor Menahem Ben Sasson is the President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past, Ben Sasson served as the Director of the Ben-Zvi Institute and as Rector of the University as well as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. A former Member of Knesset for the Kadima Party, he served as Chairman of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, as Chairman of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on Wiretapping, and Chairman of the Lobby for Higher Education. Ben Sasson is a Professor of the History of the Jewish Nation and serves on the Board of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
Israel Maimon is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Israeli Presidential Conference and Head of his own law firm. He served as Cabinet Secretary for the Government of Israel in the Sharon and Olmert administrations. Maimon was a partner of the law firm Haberman, Dovev, Stern and Partners where he specialized in constitutional and administrative law.