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A diverse plenary panel consisting of a Nobel Laureate, the chief architect of President Barack Obama's two successful presidential campaigns, a New York Times best-selling scholar, and an award-winning Hollywood actress participated in a spirited discussion on the psychological aspects of attaining Israeli-Palestinian peace, online dating and leadership. The panel was moderated by Tamar Ish Shalom, host of the daily evening news on Israel's Channel Ten, and included Prof. Daniel Kahneman; David Axelrod; Prof. Dan Ariely; and Sharon Stone.

Long thought as a Middle Eastern country without energy resources, Israel has had several significant
natural gas finds off the Mediterranean coast over the last several years. These new, potentially
game-changing discoveries were the topic of discussion at an afternoon panel at the Fifth Annual Israeli
Presidential Conference.

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,

Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for

Development, and Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation,

Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, made today the following statement:

“Today is World Refugee Day: a day of growing concern for the international community as the

number of displaced people around the world soars to a dramatic new high. We can count the number

of refugees – more than 46 million, according to the U" High Commissioner for Refugees – but we

cannot quantify the human suffering, the broken families, destroyed childhoods and livelihoods that

come with fleeing a war or a disaster.

Shmuel Rosner, a columnist, editor and fellow at The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI), led an expert
panel on the future of Jewish leadership in which participants outlined their own journeys to leadership
and highlighted current challenges and criteria for building the next generation of leaders.

Remarks by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton before her meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Thank you. Prime Minister. Can I just say what a great pleasure it is to see you, to be back in Jerusalem, back in this great nation, to say first of all that I'm fully supportive of the work that  Secretary Kerry is undertaking. I know he's travelled many times already to talk with you, to talk with President Abbas. And as I've made clear, I'm fully supportive of his work. I said this in Ramallah last night, I say it here in Jerusalem, that we want this to be the way forward, to bring direct negotiations, and Europe will support that wholeheartedly. It is, as you rightly indicate, the way forward.