From June 14-16 the Yitzhak Rabin Foundation (YRF) served as a sponsor of the prestigious IDC Herzliya Annual Conference, Israel’s foremost global security and policy gathering forum.
The Foundation used the opportunity to formally introduce its expanded mission and new name to a crowd of over 600 senior participants from government, business and academia within Israel and around the world. YRF board Chairman Ambassador Ned L. Siegel (Ret.), Honorary Chair Yuval Rabin, Vice President David J. Hoffa, and board member Hon. Jay
A special session called: “Inspiring Leadership” was moderated by Dr. Ronen Hoffman, Herzliya Conference organizer in memory of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin assassinated 20 years ago. With opening messages from President Bill Clinton and Amb. Dennis
YRF Honorary Chair, Yuval Rabin provided opening remarks and YRF Chair, Amb. Siegel discussed YRF’s mission with the crowd stating, “The Foundation supports programs that perpetuate Rabin’s intrinsic beliefs and his efforts to realize Israel’s democratic values, sustainability, security, peace and reconciliation with its neighbors, as well as internal peace amongst Israel’s diverse population. The Rabin Foundation is dedicated to sharing the legacy and vision of Yitzhak Rabin with the next generation.”
During an earlier session on: “Israel's Legal Warfare in the International Arena,” YRF Vice President, David Hoffa, spoke passionately about his personal commitment to Israel and his family's long-standing support of the country, which began with his grandfather, Jimmy Hoffa, who traveled to Israel in the 1950’s and donated money to building an orphanage in Jerusalem. Hoffa shared his expertise and experience as an attorney who works with unions and other institutional investors. He reconfirmed that the majority of institutional investors are anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and have been pro-active in the movement focused on reversing divestiture decisions. Hoffa also emphasized how major events and delegations organized by YRF have been instrumental in aiding U.S. and Israel Labor relationships.
YRF Chair, Amb. Siegel served as a panelist on the topic of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, which was moderated by YRF board member Hon. Jay Footlik, former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and the founding President and CEO of Global Policy Initiatives.
Held in a non-partisan, conversational atmosphere, the Conference served as an open forum for topics many closely associated with Rabin’s legacy, including: military and diplomatic domains, economic viability, social cohesion, sustainability, government performance, education, world Jewish affairs and pressing issues on Israel’s national, regional and global agenda.
In addition to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, major cabinet and party leaders, the following international leaders spoke:
The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger, who for health reasons was unable to attend, provided a taped video message. Dr. Kissinger serves on the Yitzhak Rabin Foundation’s Advisory Board.
The delegation from the YRF also had the opportunity to join an exclusive group of conference participants for the opening reception at President Rivlin’s home in Jerusalem. The President spoke about the shared Israeli hopes for the future.
We hope to continue our relationship with IDC Herzliya, as well as with other academic institutions and NGO’s – supporting programs that reflect and perpetuate the legacy of Yitzhak Rabin in real and pragmatic ways.