Wednesday, February 27, 2019

21:00 | Plenary Hall | -2 Floor

Ehud Banai

“Connection to One”

Israeli musician Ehud Banai invites the participants of The Annual Meeting of The Israeli Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery to an intimate performance, where the audience will sit down, enjoy refreshments, and take part in an unscripted direct dialogue. Banai’s unique bond with is audiences has been accompanying him for years through the use of many types of music: Songs of wandering and longing; songs of searching for one’s way, meaning, and place; songs whose essence is face to another person – a figure in a dream, a lost friend, a beloved daughter.

This is a rare opportunity to discover songs that have been hidden over the years, along with Banai’s familiar and loved songs.

“In the performance ‘Connection to One,’ I return to the starting point, to the place where  the songs sprouted from, to the long and quiet nights in the Galilee valley, where I sat alone making music, discovering new paths on the nape of my guitar, looking for the key to the heart, the connection to one.” – Ehud Banai

Thursday, February 28, 2019

21:00 | Terrace| Lobby

Cocktail at the Hotel Terrace

The Conference Cocktail Reception is an opportunity to network and meet other conference participants, while enjoying the Red Sea views and live upbeat Jazz music.

The Royal Beach Terrace is located on the Ground floor of the hotel and offers a variety of wine, beers and soft drinks.

 

Friday, March 1, 2019

21:00 | Plenary Hall | -2 Floor

Ronen Bergman, PhD

“…arguably [Israel’s] best investigative journalist” – David Remnick, New Yorker

“…the foremost expert on the Mossad” – Der Spiegel

 

Dr. Ronen Bergman, an internationally recognized leading expert in his field, is a Senior Correspondent for Military and Intelligence Affairs for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s largest circulated daily newspaper while also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine – writing extensively on Middle Eastern politics and affairs.

Published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Bloomberg, The Times, Guardian, Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and GQ Magazine, Dr. Bergman is frequently interviewed by major US broadcasting and cable networks, the BBC, and Al-Jazeera.

Dr. Bergman is the author of five best selling Hebrew language non-fiction books, covering topics that range from government corruption and conflict in the Middle East to Israel’s POWs and MIAs, the Iranian nuclear project, and Mossad activities. His most recent book, Ha-Bor (“The Pit”), which he co-authored with famed Israeli journalist Dan Margalit, deals with corruption at the highest echelons of the Israeli Defense Forces and caused a political furor when the book was released.

A translation of Dr. Bergman’s  third book, The Secret War with Iran, was published in the United States by Simon & Schuster and appeared in the Boston Globe’s “Recommended Reading List” for the summer of 2009. The book was described by The Economist as “an enthralling read”.

Currently working on his sixth book, based on some 650 exclusive interviews and never-published highly classified documents, Dr. Bergman will tell the never before released history and operations of the famed Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad. This book will be published by Random House in the United Stated and Germany and by Gallimard in France.

Throughout his journalistic career, Dr. Bergman has championed the causes of freedom of information and freedom of the press; often taking his battles with the Israeli security establishment to the courts in order to protect the public’s right to know. These campaigns and the publications of his stories were not left unnoticed. The establishment, led by Mossad, has used various methods to try and stop Dr. Bergman including electronic and physical surveillance of him and his alleged sources as well as court prosecution.

 

Dr. Bergman’s books and articles are often based on classified military and intelligence material to which he has been granted exclusive access. Over the years, he has brought to light numerous issues of considerable public interest including the first interviews ever published with members of the Mossad’s special operations unit; the sale of dual-use chemical raw materials and technology to Iran by an Israeli businessman; the case of “Agent Babylon,” the aide to Egyptian President Sadat who was an Israeli spy; the diversion of Palestinian tax revenues to the personal bank account of Yassir Arafat; the production of fertilizer from the bones of Holocaust victims at an Italian factory during World War II; illegal medical experiments conducted on Israeli soldiers as part of a joint US-Israeli effort to develop a vaccine against anthrax; and various institutional corruption scandals in Israel. Dr. Bergman is the first (and only) journalist ever permitted to join an undercover targeted killing ground operation as well as the only journalist ever present in a drown command post while a targeted killing operation took place.

Dr. Bergman, a recipient of several Israeli and International journalism awards, frequently lectures to academic and military audiences as well as to the general public. He has been a guest lecturer at academic forums at major universities and institutions in Israel and abroad including, but not limited to: The Council on Foreign Relations, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Oxford, and Cambridge, and at military and intelligence forums in Israel, the United States and England. From 2006 to 2011, he was a regular co-anchor of a daytime news and current affairs magazine on Israeli television.

Dr. Ronen Bergman consults international organizations and companies in the fields of homeland security and risk analysis, assessing current events and strategic developments in the Middle East. He works with some of the largest law firms in the US in research, analysis and the building of cases connected with terrorism, intelligence, and Middle Eastern affairs. In that capacity he had been one of the key experts witnesses (along with American top Intelligence officials and academics) in the famous Havlish, et al. v. bin Laden, et al., case, when families of September 11 victims sued the Iranian regime for assisting and abetting Al-Qaeda. When making his Findings Of Facts, completely accepting and plaintiffs claims, U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels wrote:” Dr. Bergman is considered one of the principle experts on the Israeli intelligence e community assessment of Iran” and widely quoted from his affidavit.

Dr. Bergman received a PhD with distinction in History and International Relations from Cambridge University, where he also submitted his M.phil theses.  He is also graduated cum laude from Haifa University Law School and is a member of the Israeli Bar.

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