Wiesenthal Centre at Herzliya Conference

Herzliya, Israel, 22 June 2017

Often described as "the Israeli Davos", the Herzlyia Conference is an annual prestigious gathering of Israeli political, military, intelligence, academic and media decision-makers and their foreign counterparts.

Notable is it's strategic simulation game - last year based on an Iranian proxy attack on a Saudi oil field - this year's scenario a joint Hezbollah/Hamas attack on Israel.

For the first time, a workshop organised by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ), proudly presented the growing worldwide cooperation between Evangelicals and Jews in support for Israel. The panel included representatives from Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia and also Israeli Foreign Ministry officials.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations,Dr. Shimon Samuels, described the theft of Jewish and Christian heritage through UNESCO and its World Heritage Committee (WHC) predicting further raids on the Judeo-Christian narrative at the forthcoming WHC in Cracow, Poland.

He also described the Centre's "People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land", as a successful counterfoil. along its itinerary from UNESCO in Paris to UN headquarters in New York, the US Congress to the Israeli Knesset,the Vatican to the British House of Commons and currently in Argentina and Chile.

It was agreed that of the 3,500 Jewish relationship, a 2,000 year Christian relationship and, even physical presence, was in danger.

ICEJ representatives were eager to partner the exhibition in their own constituencies.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and veteran diplomat, Zalman Shoval, received the Herzliya Conference "Magen" (Shield) Lifetime Award.

Photo: Dr. Samuels with Ambassador Shoval

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).