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Palestinian PM to attend key Israeli conference

According to the organisers, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has been invited to attend the Herzliya Conference in Israel from the 31 January to the 3 February. Salam Fayyad will attend what is regarded as Israel's most important annual gathering of policy-makers to be organised by the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Israel.

The agenda items will include Iran's nuclear ambitions, Israel's coverage by the international media, the global economic crisis, the strategic directions of Europe, the United States and Israel, and political developments in the Middle East. Mr. Fayyad will take part in a session with Israel's Minister of Defence, Ehud Barak, entitled "Prospects for Peace: the Israeli-Palestinian Track".

This will be the 10th Herzliya Conference and the provisional programme lists Britain's Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, the Conservative Party's Dr. Liam Fox, MP, as one of the main participants in a session on "The US and the Arch of Instability: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq". Ex-Labour Party MP Lorna Fitzsimons, now the CEO of the British Israel Communications Research Centre, is scheduled to take part in a session to be moderated by Mr Goor Tsalalyachin of King's College, London on the topic "Winning the Battle of the Narrative: Strategic Communication for Israel". A similar discussion, headed "Winning the Battle of the Narrative: Getting the Message Out", includes Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr. Ron Prosor, among the participants.

Source: Quds Press

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