Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Joint Conference

100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration

February 28, 2017 – Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Jerusalem


Opening Remarks

Amb. Dore Gold – President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affair

Dr. Michael Borchard – Director, Israel Office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung


First Session: The Balfour Declaration: Past, Present and Future

Chair: Amb. Zvi Mazel – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

The Historical Paths to the Balfour Declaration

Prof. Andrew Roberts – Department of War Studies, King’s College, London; and Founding Member, Friends of Israel Initiative

Israel as a Strategic Asset to Britain

Col. Richard Kemp – Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan

100 Years Later, What Will the Future Hold?

Prof. Julius H. Schoeps – Director of the Moses Mendelsohn Centre of European Jewish Studies at Potsdam University

Coffee Break

Second Session: Legal Issues

Chair: David Horowitz – Founding editor of The Times of Israel

Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document?

Prof. Ruth Lapidoth – Hebrew University, Israel Prize recipient

The Continued Relevance of the Balfour Declaration

Prof. Nicholas Rostow – Colgate University

From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the Rebirth of Israel in 1948 – Connecting the Dots from the Perspective of International Law

Dr. Jacques Gauthier – International lawyer and scholar, served as legal counsel to the governments of France, Spain, Mexico and Canada


Third Session: Diplomatic and Political Aspects

Chair: Dan Diker – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Israel and the International Community 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration

Amb. Clemens von Goetze – German Ambassador to Israel

Lessons for Diplomats from the Balfour Declaration

Amb. Daniel Taub – Director of Strategy and Planning at the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) Foundation in Jerusalem

How the Palestinians View the Balfour Declaration Today

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

From the Balfour Declaration to a Palestinian State?

Moshe Arens – Former Israeli Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs

Simultaneous Translation – Hebrew/English

Registration required. Entrance to conference for confirmed registrants only

Because of capacity issues, participants MUST present confirmation letter they will receive on February 22, 2017.