The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is a leading independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy. Founded in 1976, the Center has produced hundreds of studies and initiatives by leading experts on a wide range of strategic topics. The Center is headed by Amb. Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the UN and director-general of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jerusalem Center Programs:
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.
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.
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). Veteran Israeli journalist Nadav Shragai documents nearly a century of Arab violence against Jews in Israel triggered by the commonly believed myth that the Jews are seeking to destroy the Al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem in The “Al-Aksa is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie.
Iran and the New Threats to the West – This program 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. It also involved preparation of a legal document jointly with leading Israeli and international scholars and public personalities on the initiation of legal proceedings against former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for incitement to commit genocide and participate in genocide.
Combating Delegitimization – A major multilingual public diplomacy program exposing those forces that are questioning Israel’s very legitimacy, while carrying out initiatives to strengthen Israel’s fundamental right to security and to reinforce the historical connection between the Jewish people and their historical homeland including Jerusalem. The program also provides resources for commentators and educates students to effectively communicate these messages to promote attitude change in targeted populations.
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.
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