Jerusalem to Host Former US President Bill Clinton
by Gil Ronen
Tishrei 18, 5770 / October 6, '09
(IsraelNN.com) Former United States President Bill Clinton will arrive in Israel November 14 to take part in the sixth Saban Forum, which annually hosts top-level U.S.-Israel dialogue on the Middle East.
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:.... (Daniel 8:25)
Clinton was influential in brokering the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO, which he hailed in 1993 as the "peace of the brave," but which eventually led
to the establishment of Arab terror infrastructures on Israeli territory. These terror entities eventually launched an unprecedentedly cruel terror war directed mainly against Israeli civilians, which has killed more than 1,500 men, women and children, and brought injury, pain and tragedy to the lives of tens of thousands of others.
"I am happy about the opportunity to take part in the Saban Forum and participate in the dialogue with my numerous friends in Israel,” Clinton stated Sunday. “The Saban Forum plays an important role in advancing understanding between the leaders of the U.S and Israel. This year, the forum is more important than ever, because of the large number of challenges on the Middle East's agenda.”
Clinton's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is currently serving as the U.S. Secretary of State.
Among the planned participants in this year's forum are – from Israel – President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni, and from the United States – Senator Joe Lieberman and Congressmen Howard Berman and Henry Waxman.
The forum – which convenes alternately in Jerusalem and Washington – will meet November 14 to 16 in Jerusalem, and include representatives from the business sector, academia and security officials, as well as “opinion shapers.”
According to the Saban Forum, the agenda this year includes relations between the two new administrations in Israel and the U.S, advancement of the “peace process” – with an emphasis on the “Palestinian and Syrian tracks,” the Iranian nuclear question, and environmental issues, including the need to stop dependence on oil.