The first annual conference by Mitvim (Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies) took place on the 1st of November 2017 in Jerusalem. It was organized in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Israel. This years topic was about “Opportunities for Israel’s Foreign Relations towards 2018”.
After Colette Avital (Board Member at the Mitvim Institute and former Ambassador and former Member of Knesset) commemorated former Ministerpresident Yitzhak Rabin, Dr. Nimrod Goren (Head of Mitvim Institute) presented the Israeli Foreign Policy Index for 2017.
Afterwards Prof. Elie Podeh (Board Member at the Mitvim Institute and Lecturer at the Hebrew University), Eran Etzion (Former Head of Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Helit Barel (Former Director at the National Security Council and CEO of the Council for Peace and Security), and Dr. Thabet Abu Rass (Co-Director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives) were discussing constructive perspectives for Israel’s foreign policy. Other important agenda items were advancing Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and promoting Israel’s regional belonging in the Middle East, Europe, and the Mediterranean.
The keynote speech was given by Avi Gabbay (Chairman of the Avoda Party and the Zionist Union). He was criticizing the government under Netanyahu and emphasized the importance of Israel actively initiating a new round of peace talks with the Palestinians.
Click here to download the Summary of Avi Gabbay’s keynote speech: “How to improve Israel’s Foreign Policy and Foreign Service?”
Listen to the Keynote speech delivered by Avi Gabbay, Labor Party Chairman, at the first annual conference of Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.
The 2017 Israeli Foreign Policy Index of the Mitvim Institute and the Key Findings of the Index were introduced at the Conference!
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