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Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 07:00 - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 13:00
Where: Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Israel

The Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference targets Christian Members of Parliament who are supporters of Israel. The Chairman’s Conference event on December 8-10th 2019 took place as anticipated, with the participation of Members of Parliament from 20 countries. The participants met local Israeli government leaders, Ministers and Members of Knesset, and discussed current issues facing Israel, such as the growing threat of BDS, anti-Semitism, security threats, delegitimization efforts and more. 

 

Narrative Report for ECPM

The Chairman’s Conference event on December 8-10th 2019 took place as anticipated, with the participation of Members of Parliament from 20 countries. See below for a complete list:


Parliamentarians, Including Chairmen of Israel Allies Caucuses Worldwide  

AFRICA 

MP Kenneth Meshoe, South Africa      

MP Maxas B Ng’onga, Zambia    

 

AUSTRALIA

MP Andrew Wallace

LATIN AMERICA

President Elect Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala,

Senator Edgar Mizrahi, Colombia 

Congressman Julio Borges, Venezuala, Minister Foreign Affairs

Congresswoman Fidel Reyes Lee, Guatemala

Congressman Waldo Wolff, Argentina, ​Vice Presidente of the ICJP (International Council Jewish Parliament)

Congressman Diaz Duran, Guatemala

Congressman Anibal Rojas, Guatemala  

 

EUROPE

MP Gabriel Les, Romania, Outgoing Minister of Defense

MP ​Marek Krajci​, Slovakia 

MP Vladamir Gjorchev, Macedonia, ​Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee 

AM Darren Millar, Wales UK

MP Joel Voordewind, Netherlands

MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen, EU 

MP Peter Ostman, Finland

Senator Lucio Malan, Italy

MP Emanuelis Zingeris, Lithuania

MP Davo Stier, Croatia, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Foreign Affairs

MP Lars Adaktusson, Sweden

Congressman Jose Ignacio Echaniz, Spain

Minister of Population Riina Solman, Estonia   

 

USA

Representative Alan Clemmons, United States (S.C. - R)

 

Additionally:

Branislav Stripek, President of the European Christian Political Movement 

Rabbi Pynchas Brener, Envoy to Israel for the Interim Government of Juan Guaido, Venezuela

Rebecca Brimmer, CEO and International President, Bridges for Peace

Pastor Larry Huch, Founder, DFW New Beginnings

Dr. Jurgen Buhler, President, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

The itinerary on Sunday, started with welcome and Introductions. This was followed by The Balcony of the state - Peduel - which took place inside the headquarters of the Samarai Regional Council. Then the Industrial Park - Twitoplast Factory visit was conducted. This included the ​Family Representatives of victims from the 2018 Barkan Terror Attack, Tour of Factory, signing of Declaration ​Member of Knesset Miki Zohar Yossi Dagan and shomron Regional Council Head.

Other activities included the Kabir Winery Leah Goldin, ​parents of slain and missing soldier Hadar Goldin and the Shomron Presentation 

Monday, December 9th, first was the welcome by​ Dr. Dave Weldon, IAF Chairman of the Board. Then presentation by President-elect of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei. Then we had activities as follows, "Building a Legal Ghetto Around Israel: EU Labelling and the Double Myth of Occupation”  ​Eugene Kontorovich, ​Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Law in the Middle East at George Mason University Scalia Law School, Resolution Sessions, IAF Briefing - Europe & Latin America and Group work : Europe, Latin America, Africa & US/Australia.

A meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was held between 15:30 - 17:900hrs. Later, between 18:30 – 21:00 was Dinner overlooking the Old City Walls and introductory Remarks - KCAC MK Orit Farkash Hacohen Keynote Speaker - MK Moshe Ayaalon 

Tuesday, December 10th, Presentation by Member of Knesset Gidon Saar​, then a Press Conference and Presentation of signed resolution. Other activities conducted are The US - Israel relationship. A quintessential American value. Aryeh Lightstone​, Chief of Staff for U.S Ambassador David Friedman, The World of the Palestinian Child Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch and Concluding Session - ​Josh Reinstein, Israel Allies Foundation President.

The participants were impressed with the high level Israeli officials who they were able to meet, and pleased that they were from opposing parties, so that they could hear from all sides. The delegates were able to form smaller groups based on their region, so that now, for example, the European MPs who participated in the trip are part of a whatsapp group monitored by European Affairs Director of the ECPM, Leo van Doesburg. This way they can continue to work as a united effort in their support for Israel. All in all the event was a resounding success.