Dear Family and Friends of the Jerusalem Center,
It is a pleasure to wish you a New Year of blessings and good health.
This has been a fruitful year at the Jerusalem Center. We have launched pathbreaking applied diplomacy initiatives to fight the Apartheid libel together with the U.S.-based Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel and major Black American community leaders. We have signed agreements and are closely cooperating with policy institutes in the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco on combatting shared national security threats, particularly from the Iranian regime. We have issued monographs and held briefings and consultations further exposing Palestinian Authority financial incentives for terrorists and their families. Finally, we heartily congratulate Jerusalem Center scholar Fiamma Nirenstein on the occasion of the Center’s recent publication of her latest book, Jewish Lives Matter, that for the first time calls the international human rights community to account for weaponizing human rights against Israel and offers a path to reclaim the global human rights agenda.
The unprecedented challenges the Jerusalem Center, Israel, and the Jewish people confront has brought me to decide to dedicate 100% of my time to these major issues. In that regard, after 22 years I will be stepping back from my daily responsibilities as President of the Jerusalem Center. As of November 30, 2022, I will be stepping into the position of the Jerusalem Center’s President Emeritus. Our Board of Directors is in the process of choosing my successor, who will be highly qualified in both professional abilities and personal qualities.
In my over two decades as President of the Jerusalem Center, it has been a privilege to lead this institute to a position of Israeli and international prominence, leading on critical issues surrounding Israel’s national security and its rights-based standing in the Middle East and the West. Our record is reflected in the attached report, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: Action and Impact in Israel and Around the World. Our top researchers and analysts continue to guide path-breaking initiatives such as:
- The Jerusalem Center’s Israel Arab Partnership Initiatives with several Abraham Accords Countries
- Combatting Antisemitism and Apartheid Annihilationism – from Iran’s Genocidal Threat, in International Fora, and on University Campuses
- Building Partnerships with Africa and African American Leadership to Combat Israel’s Delegitimation
- The Palestinian-Israeli Relationship: Exposing, Educating, and Engaging Elites and Publics in Israel and the West on the PA Leadership’s Political Warfare and Determining Diplomatic Options for Future Israeli-Palestinian Relations
Thank you for your partnership in the Jerusalem Center’s accomplishments as we embark on an even more critical path to guarantee Israel’s place as a secure, strong and prosperous nation-state of the Jewish people.
Wishing you a sweet 5783 and ktiva ve chatima tova,