World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder and the chairman of the WJC American Section, Rabbi Marc Schneier, are among the statesmen, intellectuals, businessmen and international Jewish leaders who will take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Israeli independence on 14 May 1948.
Israel’s president Shimon Peres is hosting a conference at the Jerusalem International Convention Center on the subject Facing Tomorrow, which Ronald S. Lauder and Rabbi Marc Schneier, as well as US president George W. Bush and many other world leaders, will address.
WJC president Ronald S. Lauder will join a debate on Israel-Diaspora relations while Rabbi Marc Schneier was invited as president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding to take part in a panel discussion on the Clash of Civilizations or Clashes Within Civilizations. Ronald S. Lauder is a member of the official US delegation to Israel’s anniversary celebrations.
At the opening of the Facing Tomorrow conference, Shimon Peres told participants and guests that Iran belonged in the past while Israel represented the future. He also emphasized the importance of discovery and science, for which Israel claims a significant role in its sixty years of existence. “This conference is the answer to Iran, it is the future that exists,” Shimon Peres said in his address. The president also asserted that scientific discovery was more important than the discovery of America, because the new world had borders while science is infinite.
The website of the conference, including video coverage, can be found here.