Michael Cherney presenting The Senator "Scoop" Jakson Award to Hon. Richard Perle.
The first international Jerusalem
Summit took place on October 12-14, 2003 in Jerusalem.
Prominent political scientists and public
and religious leaders from the States, Europe, Russia and
Israel gathered in Jerusalem during Sukkoth, the holiday that,
according to the Bible, should be the Feast of All Nations.
The purpose of the Summit is to lay down
a basis for gathering in Jerusalem the international forces
of reason who realize the danger of radical Islam and the
role of Israel as a spiritual and strategic center in the
battle against the new embodiment of the world evil.
The Summit was sponsored by the Michael Cherney
Fund, Israel's Ministry of Tourism, Jerusalem Mayor's Office,
and the National Unity Coalition, an umbrella organization
for over 200 American Christian and Jewish organizations that
The Summit's three days of discussions were
dedicated to the three key aspects of moral and security crisis
of our civilization and practical solutions.
is a moral alternative to both Eastern Totalitarianism and
Western Moral Relativism The world is in a deep crisis. The
UN can no longer provide moral leadership. The center that
would unite the mankind can be only in Jerusalem, the eternal
and indivisible capital of Israel. This must be the forum
of the best representatives of nations (as opposed to the
government representatives as the UN) who would gather in
Jerusalem to discuss global problems on the rock of eternal
spiritual laws, rather than on the ever changing sands of
is not only a spiritual answer to the world's moral crisis,
but also a practical answer to the security crisis. Israel
is Ground Zero in the Global Totalitarianism's assault on
the free spirit of humanity. A terrorist Palestinian State
will be a debacle for the entire civilization and an act of
capitulation to terror and demagoguery.
is an alternative to the suicidal Oslo process. The world
must change its paradigm of thinking and carefully consider
humane and practical solutions to the Palestinian problem
that will keep the Holy Land whole.
At the Mikhail Cherney Fund's initiative,
the Summit also established the annual Senator Henry Jackson
Award for Moral Principles and Vision in Politics. The first
award was given to Richard Perle, who had worked as Senator
Jackson's aide in his youth and subsequently followed his
teacher's moral principles in his career.
The Summit participants included:
Ehud Olmert, Vice
Prime Minister of Israel
Benyamin Netanyahu, Israel's
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's
Beni Elon, Israel's Tourism
Dr. Uzi Landau, Israel's
Minister in PM office
Eliot Engel, US Congressman
Richard Perle, Former US
Deputy Secretary of Defense, Resident Fellow at American Enterprise
Professor Daniel Pipes,
Director, Middle East Forum; US Inst. Of Peace Board
Alan Keyes, UN Ambassador
under President Reagan, a Conservative Christian leader Dr.
Avi Beker, Secretary General, World Jewish Congress
Mike Evans, President, Jerusalem
Dr. Hillel Fradkin, President,
Center for Ethics and Public Policy, US
Dr. Frank Gaffney, President,
Center for Security Policy, US
Sergei Filatov, President,
Congress of Russian Intelligentsia
Press-conference of the Jerusalem Summit.
From Left to Right:
Director of the Michael Cherney Foundation
Israel's Minister for the Strategic Cooperation between US
Member of the Defense Policy Board
Israel's Minister of Tourism
Director of the Middle East Forum
TV Host, FOX News