I was privileged to speak at the second annual “Jerusalem Summit” held at the Kind David Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel, on November 27-30, 2004. This was an extraordinary experience for me. As an American of Arab origin, born and raised in Egypt and Gaza, just being there was a giant step and breaking an Arab taboo to never deal with Israel. The Arab governments that make up the Arab League forbid their subjects from ever visiting, doing business or interacting with Israel or Israelis. Israel has been the “Forbidden Nation” to Muslim and Christian Arabs ever since its creation; even the peace treaty with Egypt did not end the ban for Egyptians to visit there.