Today was the first day of the annual Herzliya conference, which takes place at the Interdisciplinary Disciplinary Centre (IDC).
There were some really interesting panels, including one on strategy where great experts such as Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman and Edward N. Luttwak, both at the Washington based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) spoke.
But the best conversation I had was with Professor Amitai Etzioni. Here I was all of a sudden speaking to someone whose work I had quoted extensively during my first degree. His personal stories regarding the founding of the state of Israel were even more amazing.
As a young man, he was actually there during the declaration of independence of the state of Israel.
Meanwhile as a 16 year old student, his entire class was called up for training for the war of Independence. He was recounting the exact moment in 1947 when during training with the Palmach fighting force he heard older soldiers jumping to dance on the tables.
That was the moment when the United Nations voted for the establishment of the state of Israel. Thats a moment which we in Israel will never forget. A selfie was too unreliable. I had to ask someone to take a picture of me with this great man.
The moment which UN voted for the establishment of the state of Israel: