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The Jerusalem Center – A Unique Model of Applied Diplomacy
The Jerusalem Center has developed a unique model of applied diplomacy that adds a new dimension to the classical model of a research center. The interdisciplinary Jerusalem Center relies on a team of experts in diplomacy, military strategy, and international law to undertake missions that non-governmental organizations are uniquely equipped to handle.
Jerusalem Center Initiatives in 2012
Speakers at the Jerusalem Center
The Jerusalem Center hosted an array of prominent speakers in 2012, providing a platform for their interaction with the press and diplomatic corps. Speakers included Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel, prior to his appointment as Commander in Chief of the Israel Air Force; international law expert Prof. Ruth Lapidoth on the Israel-Egypt peace treaty; former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Isaac Lebanon; Jerusalem researcher and journalist Nadav Shragai; archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkai; Amb. Alan Baker; Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad; former President of Spain, José Maria Aznar; Brig. Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser, director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs; and Brig-Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog, among others.
On December 20, 2012, the Jerusalem Center and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung co-sponsored a conference entitled Between the US and Israeli Elections: Changes in Israeli Public Opinion on Critical Regional Issues on the Diplomatic Agenda, attended by hundreds.
On February 28, 2013, several current and former Israeli envoys convened a meeting of diplomats and United Nations officials at the world body’s New York headquarters, under the auspices of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, to propose an international convention for the prevention of incitement to terror.
Internet Publications: Websites, Videos, Social Media, eBooks
In 2012 the Jerusalem Center inaugurated a new English website based on the popular new WordPress technology to offer a more modern-looking portal presenting its wide array of information materials. The website offers more than 4,000 full-text articles and over 200 videos, with a special focus on issues relating to Israeli security and diplomacy.
In December 2012, the Jerusalem Center English website registered over 380,000 page views by over 50,000 unique visitors. We also maintain lists of subscribers to the Center’s serial publications – Jerusalem Viewpoints and Jerusalem Issue Briefs – as well as lists of potentially interested leadership groups and opinion-makers (religious leaders, academics, federation leaders, bloggers, diplomats, columnists, international law experts, conference attendees, etc.).
In the realm of social media, the Center has more Facebook (6,000+), Twitter (8,500+), and YouTube (2,800+) subscribers than any other Israeli think tank. Each of these platforms allow for easy sharing of articles and videos with those outside our immediate circles.
Our YouTube videos have registered over a million and a half views. Our two most watched videos, “Israel’s Critical Security Needs” and “Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes,” each have more than half a million views and more than 3,000 likes.
During the past year we have expanded our offerings with extensive new material, as well as with over 600 articles from back issues of the Center’s Jewish Political Studies Review journal and its Jerusalem Letter/Viewpoints and Survey of Arab Affairs serial publications that were not previously available on the Internet.
Readers are now using a variety of devices and formats such as Kindle or iPad; others find their reading material through digital libraries or via Google Scholar. We have endeavored to make Jerusalem Center studies available in all of the major distribution platforms for books and monographs. In 2012 we published eight eBooks in Amazon Kindle and Apple ePub formats. Our materials are also available through the major digital libraries, as well as the United Libraries of Israel system that includes Israeli institution of higher learning.
Daily Alert Internet News Briefing
Since 2002, the Jerusalem Center has published the highly-acclaimed Daily Alert – a daily news briefing initially designed for the leadership of organized American Jewry (the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations). Daily Alert is a carefully crafted information product designed to provide Israel’s friends and supporters with “news you can use.” It focuses on issues of Israeli security and diplomacy from a broad, national perspective and does not deal with internal domestic or partisan political issues.
Daily Alert offers 100 hyperlinked excerpts each week from the mainstream media. Tens of thousands of people receive Daily Alert by email, thousands more view it on the web, and the Daily Alert headline news-ticker is seen by many more. Its impact is reflected in our thick file of unsolicited “thank you” letters saying that Daily Alert is the most useful and comprehensive email newsletter in its field. A British reader forwarded the following comment on Feb. 22, 2013, to selected contacts (including 2 MPs and a Reform rabbi): “We don’t distribute the “Alert” daily – to avoid info overload. But when we do, it’s arguably worth everything else put together.” (bold in original)
Other Jerusalem Center Publications
Jerusalem Issue Briefs – 30 per year
Jerusalem Viewpoints – bimonthly
Strategic Perspectives – twice yearly
Jewish Political Studies Review – twice yearly
Jerusalem Center Blog
Jerusalem Center Hebrew Newsletter – weekly
Jerusalem Center French Newsletter – monthly
Jerusalem Center Programs:
Defensible Borders Initiative – A major security and public diplomacy initiative that analyzes current terror threats and Israel’s corresponding territorial requirements, particularly in the strategically vital West Bank, that Israel must maintain to fulfill its existential security and defense needs. (www.defensibleborders.org)
Jerusalem in International Diplomacy – Dr. Dore Gold analyzes the legal and historic rights of Israel in Jerusalem and exposes the dangers of compromise that will unleash a new jihadist momentum in his book The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007). Adv. Justus Reid Weiner looks at Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: A Variation on an Alarming Global Phenomenon (2003). Researcher Nadav Shragai assesses the imminent security threats to Israel’s capital resulting from its potential division, and offers alternative strategies for managing Jerusalem’s demographic challenge in his monograph The Dangers of Dividing Jerusalem (2008).
Iran and the New Threats to the West – Preparation of a legal document jointly with leading Israeli and international scholars and public personalities on the initiation of legal proceedings against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for incitement to commit genocide and participate in genocide. This program also features major policy studies by security and academic experts on Iran’s use of terror proxies and allies in the regime’s war against the West and its race for regional supremacy.
Institute for Contemporary Affairs (ICA) – A diplomacy program, founded in 2002 jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation, that presents Israel’s case on current issues through high-level briefings by government and military leaders to the foreign diplomatic corps and foreign press, as well as production and dissemination of information materials.
Global Terrorism – Using previously unpublished documents, Jerusalem Center President Dore Gold explored the influence of Saudi Wahhabism on 9/11 in the New York Times bestseller Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Regnery, 2003).
Anti-Semitism After the Holocaust – Initiated and directed by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, this program includes conferences, seminars, and publications discussing restitution, the academic boycott, Holocaust denial, and anti-Semitism in the Arab world, European countries, and the post-Soviet states.
Global Law Forum – A ground-breaking program that undertakes studies and advances policy initiatives to protect Israel’s legal rights in its conflict with the Palestinians, the Arab world, and radical Islam.
New Models for Economic Growth in Israel – This comprehensive, 10-year project has studied the application and impact of privatization policy and other financial innovations in Israel. Sponsored by the Milken Institute, the project includes nine published volumes in Hebrew and English.
Other Jerusalem Center Websites and Pages
- Daily Alert: dailyalert.org
- Hebrew Website – jcpa.org.il
- UK Website - mesi.org.uk
- French Website: jcpa-lecape.org
- German Website: jer-zentrum.org
- Arabic Website: infoelarab.org
- YouTube Channel – TheJerusalemCenter
- Facebook - jerusalemcenter
- Twitter - jerusalemcenter
- Wiki - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
The Jerusalem Center Experts Team
|Ambassador Alan Baker, former Legal Advisor to Israel’s Foreign Ministry and Ambassador to Canada, heads the Jerusalem Center’s Institute for Contemporary Affairs (ICA), founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation.|
|Ambassador Freddy Eytan heads the French outreach effort of the Jerusalem Center, including its French web site, and he regularly meets with leading figures in the French media in Paris.|
|Brig.-Gen. Dr. Shimon Shapira (ret.), who served as the Military-Secretary to the Prime Minister, edited the Jerusalem Center eBook Iran: From Regional Challenge to Global Threat.|
|Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, a regular contributor to the Jerusalem Center’s blog on the upheavals in the Arab world, was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.|
|Jerusalem Center Fellow Lt.-Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, a former advisor to the Policy Planning Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.|
|Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall has provided ground-breaking analysis of Iranian military strategy and tactics for the Jerusalem Center, and has written extensively about Iranian penetration of Latin America and Africa.|