Richard Melson

June 2006

IDI Israel

The Prime Minister’s speech, the Finance minister’s speech, and the Minister of Defense’s speech will be broadcast live on the Israel Democracy Institute’s (IDI) website with simultaneous translation into English.

The Israel Democracy Institute's XIV Annual Economic Conference, known as the Caesarea Forum, will be held in Jerusalem on June 20-22, 2006. The simulcast will be available live as well as after the conference on the IDI's English website,

Now in its 14th year, this Conference has come to be known as the most important economic conference in Israel in which the most central and pressing issues in the Israeli market are discussed. Every year, the Minister of Finance directs the conference. Among the conference’s participants are prime ministers (past and present), Cabinet Ministers, Knesset members, leading figures in the business world, academics, and public officials.

Key speeches include (ISL time):

Nobel Laureate Prof. Robert Solow (8-9:30 PM, 6/20)
Forum Chair, Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson (1-2:30 PM, 6/21)
Minister of Defense Amir Peretz (7-8 PM, 6/21)
Bank of Israel Governor Prof. Stanley Fisher (1-2:30 PM, 6/22)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (8-8:30 PM, 6/22)

Three main issues will be on the agenda:

Ways of Reducing Poverty in Israel (presentations from 8:30 AM to 7 PM, 6/21), Formulating Policy for the Low-Tech Fields (presentations from 8-10 PM, 6/21, and from 8:30 AM to 1 PM 6/22) and Macroeconomic Policy (presentations from 2:30-8 PM 6/22). Three teams, comprised of leading figures in the public and academic sectors, will present the findings of six months of work at these separate panels, proposing practical solutions to pressing economic and social issues with the aim of influencing Israel’s public agenda and setting forth basic guidelines for the formulation of Israel’s economic policy.

The Forum will feature two panels on its opening night: A Fixed Game? Capital and Sports in Israel, and A Threepenny Opera: Capital and Culture in Israel (both from 4-6 PM, 6/20; all times Israel time, GMT+2, in Hebrew only).

A schedule of speakers and times will be available at

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