Netanyahu to Headline AJC Forum


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be among the leaders headlining the American Jewish Committee (AJC)’s Global Forum on June 10-13 in Jerusalem.

According to a press release, the AJC forum will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel, the first AJC forum to be held outside of the United States. Netanyahu will be the forum’s keynote speaker. Other speakers will include Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Affairs Ministry Legal Adviser Tal Becker.

The forum will also feature discussions on a one-state solution versus a two-state solution on the Israel/Palestine conflict, Iran and relations between Israel and the Diaspora as well as honor past world leaders such as former President Harry Truman and former prime minister of Greece Costantinos Mitsotakis.

The AJC will be handing out two Moral Courage Awards to Sandra Samuel, who saved the life of a two-year-old during the 2008 Mumbai bombing and the Galilee Medical Center’s leadership for providing treatment to Syrians caught in the crossfire of the country’s civil war.

“We enthusiastically are coming to Israel, to the capital city of Jerusalem, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth, and to demonstrate by our presence our deep solidarity with, and enduring support, for Israel,” AJC CEO David Harris said in the press release. “The 2,100-plus attendance is way beyond our most optimistic projection, underscoring the strong ties between Israel and the AJC global community.”

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