President Reuven Rivlin to Address Haaretz Conference in New York

Since taking office in July 2014, Rivlin has spoken passionately in favor of greater equality in Israel and has been one of the foremost advocates for the country's Arab minority.

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President Rivlin speaking at the annual Israel Conference for Peace, organized by Haaretz.
President Rivlin speaking at the annual Israel Conference for Peace, organized by Haaretz. November Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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President Reuven Rivlin will join the lineup of speakers at the HaartezQ with NIF conference in New York on December 13, the President's Residence in Jerusalem confirmed yesterday.

Since taking office in July 2014, Rivlin has spoken passionately in favor of greater equality in Israel and has been one of the foremost advocates for the country's Arab minority. He has also reached out to Reform Jews, emerging as a unifying figure between all streams of Judaism.

Earlier Thursday, the White House confirmed that Samantha Power, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, will also address the conference.

Power, who has served as U.S. ambassador to the UN since mid-2013, is regarded as one of the key foreign policy architects in the Obama administration. She was an adviser to then-Senator Barack Obama before he assumed the presidency and has held a number of senior positions in the administration.

The HaaretzQ conference, held in partnership with the New Israel Fund, will take place at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on December 13. Among the high-powered speakers scheduled to address the conference are former Israeli foreign minister and former acting prime minister Tzipi Livni, Palestinian chief negotiator and PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat, Union for Reform Judaism President Rick Jacobs, White House Middle East coordinator Robert Malley, Knesset Member Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, and a wide range of Haaretz correspondents and analysts. These include Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and prominent columnists Ari Shavit, Peter Beinart, Amira Hass and Sayed Kashua.

The conference is conceived as an Israeli-American discussion about current issues, their impact on the U.S.-Israeli relationship and possibilities for the future. It will feature many progressive Israelis who are rarely heard in America and will make a statement about the depth and breadth of both the American and the Israeli commitment to the values of liberal democracy.

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