Seventh Herzliya Conference

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The Seventh Herzliya Conference took place from 21 to 24 January 2007.[1]

According to researcher Yonatan Mendel, "out of 160 participants in the 2007 Herzliya conference, addressing Israel's strategic challenges in the region, one could find two Palestinian citizens of Israel."[2]


Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007

8:30 Morning Sessions Opening Session

Perspectives on the Balance of Israel’s National Security

National Policies for Promoting Excellence in Education

12:30 Lunch Session

14:00 Afternoon Sessions Geostrategic Shifts in the Global Arena

Bolstering Israel’s Defense Forces

Reviewing the American-Israeli Strategic Dialogue

  • Chair: Amb. Richard H. Jones, US Ambassador to Israel
  • Amb. Nicholas Burns, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Lt. Gen. (res.), Shaul Mofaz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transportation

Strategic Implications of the Changing Global Nuclear Order

Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran: Options for Prevention and Deterrence

20:30 Dinner Session

Monday, Jan. 22, 2007

8:30 Morning Sessions Knowing Thy Enemy: Decision-Making of Regional Adversaries'

The Changing Paradigm of Israeli-Palestinian Relations in the Shadow of Iran and the War Against the Hizballah

Israeli Arabs and the Jewish State

13:00 Lunch Session

14:00 Afternoon Sessions

Upgrading Israel’s Strategic Partnerships with the Atlantic Community: The US, NATO and the EU

European Foreign Policy under the German Presidency

US Middle East Policy Following the Midterm Elections

20:00 Dinner Session

Foreign Policy Challenges - Views from Israel, Europe and America

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007

8:30 Morning Sessions Policy Implications of Regional Economic Trends

Israel’s Financial Strength Following the Reform

Energy Security and Alternative Energy Sources

Challenges for Next Generation’s Leaders

13:30 Lunch Session

15:00 Afternoon Sessions

  • Chair: Amb. Ronald S. Lauder, Founder, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya
  • Governor Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Newt Gingrich, Former US Speaker of the House of Representatives – via satellite

Jewish Identity and National Strength

Strategies for Confronting Anti-Semitism

Israel and the Diaspora – The Global Partnership of the Jewish People with the State of Israel

20:30 Dinner Session

Combating the De-legitimization of the Jewish State and Winning the Battle of Public Opinion

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007

8:30 Morning Sessions Initiatives for Diplomacy and Statecraft in the Arab-Israeli Context

The Future of the Israeli Economy: Reducing Poverty through Economic Growth

12:00 Lunch Session

13:00 Afternoon Sessions Land, Environment, and the Sustainable Future of Israel

A Shared Galilee: Jewish-Arab Post-War Development of the Galilee

  • Chair: Dr. Ramzi Halabi, Department of Labor Studies, Tel Aviv University; Board Member, The Abraham Fund Initiatives
  • Prof. Ezra Sadan, Managing Partner, Sadan-Lowenthal, Ltd.; Former Director-General, Ministry of Finance
  • Raanan Dinur, Director-General, Prime Minister’s Office

Law, Governance and National Fortitude

Patriotism and National Resilience in Israel after the Second Lebanon War: The National Survey 2007

Awarding of prize for photography on “Patriotism during the War in Lebanon”

19:30 Closing Session and the Prime Minister’s “Herzliya Address”


External resources


  1. The 7th Conference - 2007,, 23 May 2012.
  2. Yonatan Mendel, Frozen Out,, 17 January 2008.