26 - 27 January 2009
13th WJC Plenary Assembly - 'We Stand By Israel'
Under the motto 'We Stand by Israel', the 13th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress was held on 26 and 27 January 2009 in Jerusalem. Over six hundred participants from more than 60 countries attended the gathering.<br/><br/>
Several senior Israeli leaders spoke to delegates. At the opening of the gathering, President Shimon Peres said that Israel had the right to defend itself against thousands of rockets launched by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. “Instead of investing in the future of the Palestinian people, Hamas is buying arms to fight against Israel.” He reaffirmed that his country was ready to sign a peace deal with the Palestinians, but only on condition that their leaders renounce violence.