Blair, Clinton and Streisand at The ICC Jerusalem

Following in the footsteps of a visit by US President Barack Obama a few months ago, former US President Bill Clinton was at The ICC Jerusalem this week.

Clinton was reportedly paid US$500,000 for a 45-minute speech honouring Israeli President Shimon Peres at a celebration for the Israeli statesman’s 90th birthday.

Clinton headed a list of world leaders among 3,000 guests invited to the event, which opened the now traditional Israeli Presidential Conference, held at the ICC Jerusalem for the fifth time.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; former Prime Minister of UK, Tony Blair; and Albert II, Prince of Monaco, were other VIP guests at the celebratory part of the event, at which Barbra Streisand dedicated two songs to President Peres.

Each year the three-day Israeli Presidential Conference attracts worldwide key figures from the fields of economy, social science, culture, medicine, technology, science and more.

A range of panels and plenary sessions, roundtables and workshops are held at the different halls of the ICC, with Nobel Prize winners Prof. Daniel Kahneman and Prof. Dan Shechtman taking part this year.

On the guest list also were John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems; David Marcus, President of PayPal; and René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

The ICC Jerusalem is the biggest international convention centre in Israel, and is a member of international organisations ICCA and AIPC.

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