Kivunim Website

In order to expose Israeli readers to a wider range of thinkers and ideas than is available in the mostly one-sided Israeli media, in 2003 we established a website of ideas, Kivunim.

The site features translations of articles from publications such as Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Hoover Review, and National Review.

In 2003 we established a website of ideas, Kivunim, which features translations from Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Hoover Review, National Review, etc., to expose Israeli readers to a wider range of thinkers and ideas than is available in the mostly one-sided Israeli media.

Among its contributors are:

  • Francis Fukuyama
  • Samuel Huntington
  • Alan Dershowitz
  • Jean-Francois Revel
  • Fouad Ajami
  • George Will
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Paul Johnson
  • David Pryce-Jones
  • Martin Wolf
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Michael Novak
  • Irving Kristol
  • Robert Bork
  • Frederick Forsyth
  • judge Abraham Sofaer
  • Mortimer Zuckerman
  • Roger Kimball
  • Sadik Al-Azm (a Syrian intellectual)
  • Tarek Heggy (a leading Egyptian intellectual)

    Kivunim also publishes original works by Israeli writers. Its audience includes leading public and intellectual figures. In a short period it has gained over 10,000 steady visits a month.

Other programs

policy-makers

  • ICSEP regularly initiates research projects on major issues of the day.

    Some research has also been done in cooperation with other bodies, such as the International Center of Economic Growth (on Political Business Cycles, published in Public Choice, 1992), and the Koret Foundation (on Small Businesses in Israel).

  • ICSEP regularly undertakes original studies in order to prepare detailed reform plans for Israel’s policy-makers.

    In the mid-1980s ICSEP laid the groundwork for the anti-inflationary policies that proved so successful and for the privatized immigrant absorption policies that enabled the successful integration of the vast majority of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

students

  • Since 1998, ICSEP has run economics classes at several Israeli high schools in which over 2,000 students have participated.

    The courses teach the students basic economic concepts and theories, as well as how economics affects their daily lives and career prospects.

    The students also go on at least one field trip to an Israeli enterprise.

  • The only Israeli university students who study market economics are those majoring or minoring in Economics, and even they mostly study economic techniques, not philosophy.

    Since 2000, ICSEP has offered a seminar at Tel Aviv, the Hebrew, and Ben-Gurion universities entitled “The Free Market and its Critics” based on Milton and Rose Friedman’s Free to Choose book and films.

opinion-shapers

Organizations

  • ICSEP serves as a clearinghouse of economic expertise, knowledge and resources and as a facilitator for groups and organizations such as the Israel Chambers of Commerce, universities, the Israel Supreme Court’s Institute for Judicial Studies, and the Israel Management Institute.

the Israeli public