Sun 1 April 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Place - Ahad Ha'am 9, Tel Aviv , FREE

Tel Aviv International Salon – Top Decision Makers Speaking With TLV Young Professionals, presents the first of many pre-election keynote events:

Recent Minister of Defense, Chairman of Yisrael Beytenu
Opposition Member of Knesset Avigdor Liberman
“Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran & Internal Israeli Tensions”
+ Q&A, entire event will be held in-English

Date: TBA
Venue: Urban Place, 9 Ahad Ha’Am Street, Shalom Tower, Tel Aviv
Cost: FREE, Exclusive for 20s & 30s

About our Speaker: Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman was born in Moldova in 1958. In 1978, when Lieberman was on the verge of completing an academic degree in water engineering, his family immigrated to Israel. They settled in Jaffa, where Lieberman was sent to the Kibbutz Ulpan to learn Hebrew. He proceeded to the University of Beer Sheba’s pre-academic program, where he met his future wife, Ella.
Upon graduation of the program, Lieberman moved to Jerusalem, where he studied international relations and Slavic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following his marriage and military service, Lieberman lived in Jerusalem, and served as the Secretary of the National Workers’ Union in Jerusalem. His next position was as a member of the Board of Directors of Economic Corporation of Jerusalem.

It was at this period that Liberman met Binyamin Netanyahu, and together they won the leadership of the Likud party and later on, the leadership of the State. As Director General of the Likud party, Lieberman rebuilt the party and helped solve its severe financial troubles. After winning the general elections, Lieberman was appointed Director General of the Prime Minister’s office. Two years later Lieberman took a hiatus from politics and turned to the private business sector.

In 1999, Liberman founded the Yisrael Beytenu (Israel is our Home) Party and succeeded from the start, garnering four parliamentary seats. Lieberman served as Minister of National Infrastructure in the Sharon government. In this capacity Lieberman advanced the seawater desalination project, passed the national gas bill and addressed many other issues with a long term impact on the future of Israel. During the 2003 elections, Yisrael Beytenu joined the Moledet and Tekuma parties, a union that yielded seven parliamentary seats. Lieberman was appointed Minister of Transport, and dealt with several issues, among them the privatization of El-Al, privatization of the Port Authority and development of the Israel Train infrastructure. Avigdor Lieberman was a long standing member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In the 2006 general elections, Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beytenu Party won close to 10% of the vote, attaining 11 members of Knesset, and becoming the fifth largest party in Knesset. Lieberman withdrew from the Coalition in January 2008 in protest against the Annapolis Convention.

In the 2009 elections, for the 18th Knesset, Yisrael Beytenu attained 15 mandates, making it the third largest party in Israel. Avigdor Lieberman was named Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, positions he held throughout the 18th Knesset In the 2013 elections, Yisrael Beytenu ran on a joint list with the Likud and attained 31 mandates, 11 for members of Yisrael Beytenu. Avigdor Lieberman was named Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In November 2013 Avigdor Lieberman returned to his position as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In the 2015 elections, for the 20th Knesset, Yisrael Beytenu attained 6 mandates. In June 2016 Yisrael Beytenu joined the coalition and Avigdor Lieberman became the Minister of Defense, the post which he just quit due to tensions with the Prime Minister over the recent Gaza flare up. Liberman remains the Chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu Party and a Member of Knesset in the Opposition. Avigdor and Ella Liberman live in Nokdim and have three children and three grandchildren.

About The Venue: Urban Place
Urban Place is a new and innovative collaborative work space, located in the greatest areas for business and start-ups, with high quality services.

About the Organization: Tel Aviv International Salon

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The Tel Aviv International Salon is the largest speakers forum in Israel. Our nonprofit organization was established in 2009 to provide a challenging, thought-provoking and intellectual discussion non-partisan platform for the young adult Tel Aviv International and Sabra community. There are an increasing number of motivated young professionals who are choosing to make Tel Aviv their home. The Salon provides this community a unique forum to learn about, debate and discuss Israeli, Jewish and world politics, history, media, economics, social, cultural and environmental issues with a diverse range of engaging international decision makers and the leading influencers on our society.

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