The Israeli embassy's director of public affairs will be in Birmingham today for a meeting to encourage dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian communities in the Midlands.
Dan Shaham will take part in a question and answer session, 2006 - Israel's Challenges at Home and Abroad, at a city community hall this evening.
Ruth Jacobs, the event organiser and director of the Israel Information Centre for the Midlands, said the reason for the meeting was to facilitate an open and honest question and answer session with the Israeli government official about Israel's policy towards Palestine.
It would also give a unique opportunity to the public to gain a further understanding of the current situation in the Middle East.
"The people attending have the opportunity to ask whatever they like and to have it from the horse's mouth," she said.
"It is a step to correct what I believe to be some of the misconceptions. I have attended meetings organised by individuals and groups, which always seem to be very one-sided with Israel receiving very strong criticism; I felt it was time for Israel's point of view to be heard locally.
"Setting the meeting up is quite risky because of the strong emotions it evokes in people, which creates division and mistrust - something I want to overcome in the hope of building bridges locally."
The invitation-only meeting will see the public debating alongside a range of people including representatives of Birmingham City Council, religious leaders from different local faith groups, Christian Aid and Oxfam.
* To attend the meeting call the Israel Information Centre for the Midlands on 0121 643 2688 or email email@example.com