Magazine February 23, 2009, Issue

A Great and Stirring Hour

Shimon Peres at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2009 (WEF)
Israel’s president Shimon Peres shines at Davos

Davos, Switzerland — The “global elites” have gathered once more in this Alpine village, for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. More than 40 heads of state or government are here, which is almost a quarter of the world’s total. The WEF certainly knows how to pull them in.

The main topic of conversation is, of course, the international financial crisis. Indeed, the theme of the meeting — every year, there is a theme — is “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” But there are other topics, including, inevitably, the Middle East. The Middle East, we will always have with us

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