Politicians, policy experts, and other senior officials from the UK, Israel, America, Jordan, and other countries gathered Wednesday in London to discuss the incoming Trump administration and its impact on the Middle East and terror threats.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Israeli opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog and former White House Middle East envoy Dennis Ross attended the meeting in Westminster as part of the second UK-Israel Strategic Challenges Conference, organized by the local Jewish News website — The Times of Israel’s partner in the UK — and think tank BICOM.
Former Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Oren, who now serves as Israel’s deputy minister for public diplomacy, as well as UK Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood, and the UK parliament’s opposition Labour lawmaker responsible for her party’s foreign policy, Emily Thornberry, were on hand.
Rudd was expected to talk about terror threats to Britain and Israel, and how they are influenced by radicalization trends. Ross sat on a panel looking at President-elect Donald Trump’s ability to improve the situation in the Middle East after he gains office in January.
Jordan’s ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mazen Homoud, was participating in a discussion on finding news ways to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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The Jewish News reported on Monday that the audience would include government officials, think tanks, faith leaders, and diplomats from around the world.
“Facing common concerns relating to the rise in extremism and the destabilization of the Arab world, Governments in Israel and the UK face a shared imperative to further develop strategic collaboration,” said Justin Cohen, news editor of the Jewish News and conference coordinator. “The considerable speculation over the possible direction of US foreign policy under the surprise new incumbent of the White House makes this conference all the more timely.”
James Sorene, BICOM CEO, noted that “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.”