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
MP Kenneth Meshoe, South Africa
MP Maxas B Ng’onga, Zambia
MP Andrew Wallace
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
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
Representative Alan Clemmons, United States (S.C. - R)
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.