David Harris Addresses Global Israel-Diaspora Summit

July 17, 2012 – Jerusalem – An AJC delegation concluded today a three-day visit to Israel.

The delegation met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman; Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon; Director of Military Intelligence Major General Aviv Kochavi; Member of Knesset Einat Wilf, and senior diplomats specializing in Asia, the Former Soviet Union, and Latin America.

In addition to political and diplomatic meetings, AJC Executive Director David Harris was invited to address twice the Global Israel-Diaspora Summit, convened under the auspices of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"It is always a pleasure to speak to young Jews committed to advocacy on behalf of the Jewish people and in defense of the State of Israel," said Harris. "The conference, comprising nearly 150 activists from Europe, Latin America, North America, South Africa and Australia, and in which AJC was a core organizing partner, was particularly meaningful and inspiring."

Harris also spoke at the Hebrew University's Braun School of Public Health to a graduate-level class primarily from developing countries, and to the Jerusalem-based Jewish Statesmanship Center.

The trip, which coincided with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit, provided the opportunity to consult on key issues, including the Iranian nuclear threat; regional developments, especially in Egypt and Syria; Eastern Mediterranean energy prospects; the Palestinian-Israeli track; and selected domestic matters.

Fifty years ago, AJC was the first American Jewish organization to establish a full-time office in Israel. Today, that office, housed in Beit Moses in Jerusalem, is directed by Dr. Edward Rettig.

Date: 7/17/2012 12:00:00 AM