Until the Intifadah and the Oslo agreements, a non-political process of economic collaboration was leading to a gradual reconciliation between Arabs and Jews, explains ICSEP President Daniel Doron in a talk sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League. That process can now resume, Doron argues, helped by economic reform within Israel.
New high school history textbook
26 May ’02
In the wake of excellent recent work by the Shalem Center and its president Yoram Hazony regarding the influence of post-Zionist thinkers on high school teaching, especially of history, American Jews have become aware of the debate raging in Israel: New history textbooks, with the help of a leftist Minister of Education, call into question the basic ethos of Zionism and the Jewish roots and fealty of Israeli students.
Less known is the fact that these same textbooks are also inculcating in high school students the anti-Western and anti-market views of French and American revisionist historians in the way they describe such topics as the history of the Communist revolution or the Cold War.
Israel high school students are taught, for example, that the reason the Russian Communist revolution failed was because proper conditions had not evolved in Russia, or that the US initiated the Cold War because American monopolies wanted to dominate European markets. The market economy (capitalism) is blamed for most social and political ills.
ICSEP has therefore initiated the writing of a new history textbook for high school students. It will be free of any political bias and post-modernist and anti-Zionist ideology. We have put together an impressive roster of scholars to write the text and to advise the writers. The work is proceeding apace, with the hope of having the book ready for the next academic year.
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“Past reforms have focused on asking for more money for education,” ICSEP President Daniel Doron noted in his speech to the Merage Forum on education.
“This despite the fact that Israel is already spending the highest proportion of GDP on education in the West.
“Yet, despite a steady growth in expenditures, standards and achievements have shown little improvement; in fact they have further deteriorated.”
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Strategic Forums Sponsored by Paul Merage
“Before I continue with my remarks, let me sound an optimistic note,” said Daniel Doron, ICSEP President, in his opening remarks to the Strategic Forums Sponsored by Paul Merage.
“You will hear voices say that attempts to reform Israel are futile, that you cannot initiate significant changes here.
“We know better.”
The high-powered conference was held to explore ways of encouraging Israeli high-tech to meet the serious challenges facing it and to continue flourishing.
“In 10 years, Israel could be one of the 10 richest countries in the world,” Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told guests at ICSEP’s first annual United States Awards Dinner.
Milton Friedman expressed similar beliefs to those assembled at New York’s St Regis Hotel: “Israel has the potential of being the Hong Kong of the Middle East,” he said in his video address.
During dinner, Israel’s minister of economic affairs in America, Ron Dermer, presented the awards.
Republican Jewish Coalition
25 May ’05
“Most of you have visited Israel,” ICSEP president Daniel Doron began his address to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington on May 25th.
“You saw a vibrant, seemingly well-to-do country.
“You ate at posh restaurants full of prosperous Israelis, visited their impressive villas and saw their expensive cars.
“And yet, Israel, chock-full of human talent and energy, a world-class high-tech leader, seems in perpetual economic trouble.
“If the country is to survive it must reform its economic system, and do it soon.”
Read the entire speech.