Jewish News-BICOM kick off second UK-Israel Strategic Challenges Conference

Leading British, Israeli and American experts will meet in London today for a one-day conference to discuss the growing UK-Israeli partnership.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP, Israel’s Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev, UK Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood MP and former White House Middle East envoy Dennis Ross are some of the keynote speakers taking part in the second UK-Israel Strategic Challenges Conference, organised by media outlet Jewish News and UK-based think-tank BICOM.

The main focus of the conference will be the impact of the Donald Trump presidency on Israel and the Middle East with Ross speaking before joining a high-level panel with BICOM senior research fellow Michael Herzog. The event is one of the first to bring together officials from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss UK-Israeli relations since Donald Trump’s presidential election victory last month.

Speaking about the conference, BICOM CEO James Sorene said: “Our conference with the Jewish News is a unique gathering of Israeli politicians and Middle East experts in London. With Trump about to enter the White House and the UK developing its post-Brexit foreign policy there is no better time to host a high-level discussion in the heart of Westminster about the future of the Middle East and what that means for Britain and Israel, our shared strategic interests and booming trade relations.”

There will also be panels of experts discussing expanding trade and high-tech partnership between the UK and Israel, new thinking on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and the converging terrorist threat that both Israel and European states are now facing from jihadi terrorism.

The event begins at 9.30am and will be live streamed through the BICOM website and users of Twitter will be able to follow the debate at #UKIsrael2016.

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