For Israel, 60 Candles And Many Luminaries

There has certainly been a great deal in the broader news about the Facing Tomorrow Conference just concluding in Jerusalem. Read what a nice Jewish boy has to say in the Washington Post. BTW, I had the opportunity to meet Michael yesterday and play ‘Jewish geography’. He is part of the Presidential Press team on this trip, so if you are looking for broader coverage of the Bush visit he has several articles on the Washington Post site.

“Most countries mark big celebrations with music and fireworks. Here in Israel, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, they are also celebrating with talk.

At mid-afternoon Wednesday, the center of the Jewish universe was almost certainly the modern-looking convention center here. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz was kibitzing with former White House domestic policy adviser Jay Lefkowitz. Ron Lauder, the former ambassador who now heads the World Jewish Congress, was holding court on a couch nearby, and Leslie Wexner, founder of the Limited clothing chain and one of richest men in the United States, was spotted crossing the room. A crowd, meanwhile, was forming to hear Dershowitz discuss the moral dimensions of foreign policy with Václav Havel, Mort Zuckerman and Efraim Halevy, the former director of the Israeli spy agency Mossad.”

Read Micheal’s complete story here.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 15, 2008; Page C01