The event, which aims to draw global support for Israel with a focus on both the war on terrorism and the role of Jerusalem as the center of Judeo-Christian civilization, is modeled on the Jerusalem Summit, the annual gathering of international right-wing thinkers which debuted in Israel in 2003."We saw the need to bring Jerusalem and the truth of the Israeli-Arab conflict to the world... and we realized that going there instead of just sitting here and waiting for people to come is more efficient," said Dmitry Radyshevsky, the executive director of the Jerusalem Summit in an interview on Wednesday with The Jerusalem Post.
The Jerusalem Summit, which held its first overseas conference in Manila last year, plans on further branching out to Africa and "New Europe," with summits being planned in South Africa and Ukraine early next year, as well an additional Asia summit in Singapore in 2006.
"We are transfixed on being recognized by the Europeans, a hopeless cause, when in other regions of the world there are millions of unexpected supporters of the righteousness of our cause," he said, noting that plans to hold such a conference in Europe has been problematic due to the small numbers of Conservative Christians or staunch supporters of Israel in academia there.
"Ironically, the African heart is more on the right place regarding Israel," he opined.
Coming just one week before Israel's planned pullout from Gaza, the Seoul conference will not touch on the issues of disengagement in deference to the involvement of the Christian Allies Caucus, the increasingly influential cross-parliamentary lobby which aims to garner the support of, and work with, pro-Israel Christians around the world.
The two Israeli parliamentarians slated to attend the Seoul event are Caucus co-chairman MK Yuri Shtern (National Union) and MK Chemi Doron from the centrist staunchly secular Shinui Party.
Calling the Seoul summit "a unique opportunity to meet with Asian political and religious leaders," caucus director Josh Reinstein predicted that the conference will have a long-lasting effect in buttressing and supporting Israel's standing throughout Asia, which, he said, has already "built up a lot of steam" following last year's smaller event in the Philippines.
A five point draft proposed by organizers of the Asian summit calls on the respective members to urge their governments to move their embassies to Jerusalem, not to vote against Israel at the United Nations, to scrutinize the financial aid their countries are providing to the Palestinian Authority. The 38-year-old Moscow-born Radishevsky conceived of the notion of a Jerusalem Summit ? which is funded by the Michael Cherney foundation ? while studying at the Harvard Divinity School last decade.
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