Tuesday, March 22, 2022
After a hiatus of two years, caused by the pandemic, politicians, diplomats and policy experts gathered again in person, in Jerusalem, for the Chairmen's Conference.
The meeting is organized every year by the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF), an international political network for Members of Parliament focused on faith-based diplomacy regarding the situation in Israel. Members of Parliament from different countries all over the world, Members of the Israeli Knesset, governmental representatives from Israel and members of Israel's civil society discussed the current challenges Israel is facing. The conference included a visit with the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yair Lapid.
During the session on Europe- Israel relations, ECPM Director for European Affairs -Leo van Doesburg- spoke about the importance of disseminating current and accurate information among politicians, in times of crisis. He also spoke about the work ECPM and IAF are doing together, about previous events and outcomes.
The speakers included:
Peter Östman, MP Finnish Christian Democrats, former President of the ECPM
Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law at George Mason University
Josh Reinstein, IAF President
Matan Kahana, Minister of Religious Affairs
Mark Pritchard, UK Member of Parliament
Kees van der Staaij (MP Netherlands, SGP), Don Ceder (MP Netherlands, Christian Union), Branislav Skripek (former President of the ECPM and former MEP) and Peeter Vosu (former ECPM President) participated in the discussions.