Annual Israeli Security Conference Opens in Herzliya, With Egypt at Top of Agenda

Eleventh annual conference to feature keynote speakers including foreign defense experts, President Peres, outgoing IDF chief Ashkenazi and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

The annual Israel security conference in Herzliya opened Sunday, with its agenda dramatically changed at the last minute to focus on the ongoing turmoil in Egypt.

Among the delegates to the conference, organized by the Institute for Policy and Security, are Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, British Foreign Secretary Liam Fox, Alexander Vershbow, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, as well as President Shimon Peres, outgoing IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

Egypt protests day 12

Israel and its southern neighbor have signed a peace deal, upheld by President Hosni Mubarak over his 30-year rule, which is now back in the spotlight as civil unrest has swept Cairo and the country for the past 13 days.

The conference, the 11th annual affair and held on the campus of the Interdisciplinary Institute in Herzliya, outside Tel Aviv, is due to last four days.

Among the issues added to the conference agenda, attended by more than 160 speakers, is "Dilemmas in U.S. policy in the Middle East: Stability vs. Democracy?" and "Turmoil in the Middle East: Economic Implications for Israel."