PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON TRAVEL TO
JERUSALEM FOR U.S.-ISRAEL DIALOGUE
Saban Forum aims to deepen relations between the two democracies
While in Israel, President and Senator Clinton will Attend the Official
Memorial for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Washington, D.C.; Tel Aviv, Israel, (November 6, 2005) - The Saban Forum
2005, an institutionalized, annual United States-Israel dialogue convened by
American-Israeli entrepreneur Haim Saban, will be held for the first time in
Israel on November 11th - 13th, 2005. Organized by the Saban Center for
Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and the Jaffee Center for
Strategic Studies of Tel Aviv University, the Saban Forum will bring a
high-level American delegation of officials and opinion leaders together
with their Israeli counterparts, in Jerusalem, to discuss "Dealing with 21st
Century Challenges." The American delegation will also attend the official
memorial for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin z"l and the opening of the Rabin
Center in Tel Aviv.
The brainchild of American-Israeli entrepreneur, Haim Saban, the Saban Forum
is the sole high-level dialogue between Americans and Israelis. The Saban
Forum was established in the belief that a free-flowing, candid discussion
in a private setting between Israelis and Americans with different
perspectives can benefit both sides and strengthen the understanding between
them. Americans and Israelis, because of their common democratic values, can
learn greatly from each other's experiences.
As well as President Clinton and Senator Clinton, the bipartisan U.S.
delegation includes Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Congressman Tom
Lantos (D-California); Congressman Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut); former
National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger; former Deputy Secretary of State
and the current President of the Brookings Institution, Strobe Talbott;
former Special Middle East Coordinator, Dennis Ross; three former U.S.
Ambassadors to Israel, (Samuel Lewis, Edward Djerejian and Martin Indyk);
New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman and David Brooks; and Washington
Post columnist David Ignatius.
Israeli officials participating in the invitation-only event include
President Moshe Katsav; Prime Minister Ariel Sharon; Vice Prime Minister
Shimon Peres; Vice Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert; and Minister Tzipi Livni.
Other leading figures from Israel who will participate in the dialogue are
Ehud Barak; Avi Dicter; Itamar Rabinovich; Zvi Shtauber; Dalia
Rabin-Pelossof; and Eli Hurvitz.
The Saban Forum is coordinated by the Director of the Saban Center at
Brookings, Martin Indyk, and Hirsh Goodman, senior fellow at the Jaffee
About the Saban Center for Middle East Policy
The Saban Center for Middle East Policy was established in 2002 at the
Brookings Institution and has quickly become one of the most dynamic centers
for research and analysis of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Founded with
the help of the prominent Los Angeles philanthropist and entrepreneur, Haim
Saban, the center fosters research and discussion on some of the most
crucial problems facing the United States in the Middle East today. The
Saban Center draws on a diverse staff with expertise in such issues as
regime chance and nation building in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian peace
process, and U.S. policy towards the Islamic world.