Statesmen, dignitaries meet for president’s conference


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli and foreign statesmen and dignitaries are meeting for the second Israeli Presidential Conference.

The Facing Tomorrow conference, hosted by President Shimon Peres, begins Tuesday and will look at creating a better future for Israel, Jews around the world and the rest of the world.

Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Quartet’s Mideast envoy, Tony Blair, will address the opening program.

Participants include Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov; Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski; Jose María Alfredo Aznar Lopez, former prime minister of Spain; Wong Chan, Chinese minister of information; Leonid Kuchma, former president of Ukraine; Leonard Edwards, Canada’s deputy minister of foreign affairs; and Anne-Marie Idrac, France’s foreign trade minister.

Intellectuals and experts such as Baron David Mayer de Rothschild; Josh Silverman, global president of Skype; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, also will address the group.

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