The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, kicked-off its 10th Annual International Conference on Counter-Terrorism on Sunday, September 12 with a 9-11 memorial ceremony held at the Performing Arts Center in Herzliya.
The actual anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center took place on the day before, on a Saturday—Shabbat—capping two days of Rosh HaShanah. The memorial ceremony had local singer, Lee Ganor, performing the American and Israeli anthems, and a speech by James B. Cunningham, US Ambassador to Israel, which you can watch in full below off footage I took from the audience.
Prior to the ceremony, philanthropist and President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, received a special award honoring the Guardians of ICT. IDC’s School of Government is named after him. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Strategic Affairs, and former Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen (Ret.) Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, gave the keynote address in which he outlined basic principles for combating terrorism today.
“We as a leadership have to convince the public that terror can be overcome,” he said.
In his opening remarks, President of IDC Herzliya, Prof. Uriel Reichman, said: “We mourn today with the people of the United States the tragedy of 9-11. We know very well from our own experience how painful the loss of a family member in such a situation. The scars will be with the relatives for the rest of their lives. At the same time we salute the United States and cherish the values that country stands for, and because we cherish those values, we stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terrorism.”
The conference on “Terrorism’s Global Impact,” has drawn about 1,000 participants from 53 countries representing governments, military, security, academia, and the private sector and is considered one of the leading meeting places for the exchange of ideas on counter-terrorism. Talk will focus on the threats of radical Islamic, concerns over a nuclear Iran, the radicalization of Turkey, and issues in international law. Click here to watch the conference live.