shakira and peres at the president's conference -  june 21 2011
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Presidential Conference, June 21 2011. Photo by Emil Salman
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The Israeli Presidential Conference 2011, under the auspices of President Shimon Peres, opened its third day in Jerusalem on Thursday, with a new line-up of influential figures presenting their opinions and analysis of pressing issues in the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Facebook Vice President of Advertising and Global Operations David Fischer were just two of the participants in the morning's plenary session, The New Media Making Tomorrow, on the topic "the future of content".

Following the plenary, former White House Advisor Elliot Abrams was to join Palestinian strategists Professor Mohammed S. Dajani and Hiba Hsseini, Israeli Professor Elie Podeh and lecturer Shalom Turgman, and Sir Ronald Cohen of the U.K. to contemplate whether the Palestinians and Israelis may ever find a resolution to the historic conflict.

Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, Anti-Defamation League President Abraham Foxman and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations chairman Malcolm Hoenlein will later share the stage alongside Miri Eisin, former media advisor to the prime minister, and Lord Peter Goldsmith PC, the former Attorney General of England to discuss the factors behind the campaign to delegitimize Israel.

Other sessions planned for Thursday include a panel on Where is Jewish Philanthropy Headed? , The Jewish Dimension of a Peace Agreement and an inter-generational dialogue between Peres and his son Chemi, Israeli director Joseph Cedar and his father, Howard, and Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer and his son, David.

Middle East envoy Tony Blair, U.S. special advisor Dennis Ross, U.S. comedian Sarah Silverman and singer Shakira were just some of the guests to appear in previous days at the conference.