ICSEP facilitates crucial economic reforms and helps overcome resistance to them.

Israel has the potential to become one of the most successful countries in the world, providing prosperity to most of its citizens.

Yet it is still plagued by painful social, economic and political problems rooted in its socialist-statist system.

ICSEP’s mission is to help Israel realize its enormous potential by freeing its economy from the shackles of this regressive system.


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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

  • Meir Sheetrit

    Minister without Portfolio, Finance Ministry, Israel

    Your formulations of the problems is the best I have seen. Every word is worth its weight in gold.

  • Ya'acov Ne'eman

    former Minister of Finance, Israel

    I hope decision-makers and policy formulators shall be assisted by your good work when they formulate public policy.

  • Milton Friedman

    Nobel Laureate in Economics

    Your proposed reforms are excellent. If you can get these adopted you will have achieved a miracle.

  • Kenneth Bialkin

    Chairman of the Board, American-Israel Friendship League

    It is important that ICSEP’s voice continue to ring out. Please keep up your efforts on behalf of the Jewish people.

  • Saad Eddin Ibrahim

    Chairman of the Board, Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development

    I fully agree with the thrust of your argument of the close positive link between economic development, civil society and peace.

  • Nissim Dahan

    former Minister of Health, Israel

    I learn a lot from your publications and they serve me daily in my Knesset work.

  • Avi Lubotsky

    Your What You Wanted to Know [book] is most interesting and an important contribution to decision-makers in the economic sphere.

  • Tain P. Tompkins

    Economic Counselor, US Embassy

    Thanks for the frankness and generosity you have shown me in all our contacts. Your spirit of cooperation has brought resolution to certain bilateral problems.

  • Uriel Reichman

    former Dean, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

    The audience at your law and economics conference was perhaps the most influential and outstanding group of jurists ever assembled in Israel.

  • Milton Friedman

    Nobel Laureate, Economics

    ICSEP is like a breath of fresh air… It deserves the support of all of us who are deeply committed to the survival of a strong and healthy Israel.

  • Gadi Sukenik

    senior political correspondent, Israel TV

    I am convinced that such a wealth of professional experiences as I had on your study mission shall not come my way for a long time, if ever…

  • Ya'acov Frenkel

    former Governor, Bank of Israel

    Since as head of ICSEP you find it useful to disseminate [your recent publication], I am confident that I will both enjoy reading it and also learn from it.

  • Edward S. Walker, Jr.

    former US Ambassador to Israel

    I could not agree with you more on the importance of the economic foundations of the peace process… Thank you again for all of the assistance you have provided…

  • Milton Friedman

    Nobel Laureate, Economics

    In the past decade [ICSEP Director] Daniel Doron has consistently been perhaps the most effective proponent of a strictly free-market approach in Israel…

  • Danny Gillerman

    Ambassador to the United Nations, Israel

    [ICSEP] is the main fighter in Israel for free enterprise. Its very lucid statements are day by day making us a freer society.

  • Milton Friedman

    Nobel Laureate, Economics

    The Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress has been one of the few organizations [in Israel], if not the only one, consistently on the right side.

  • Shimon Peres

    President, Israel

    Your materials are riveting, to the point, and analyse correctly what has taken place… Indeed, a free economy and true democracy march hand in hand, and they shall also lead to true peace…

  • Amnon Rubinstein

    former Minister of Education, Israel

    ICSEP has introduced innovative ideas into public life, has started people thinking about economic realities, and is generally doing an excellent job.

  • S. Levin

    Justice, Supreme Court, Israel

    Your conference was an occasion for seminal thinking and the exchange of ideas on the highest level.

  • Benjamin Ben-Eliezer

    former Minister of Defence, Israel

    There is no doubt that your action plan deserves deep analysis and that it raises important points.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    Prime Minister, Israel

    For many years, Daniel [Doron] and the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress have prepared the intellectual groundwork for reforming the nation’s economy…”

  • Stuart E. Eizenstat

    Under Secretary, Treasury, United States

    The US Government salutes your achievements, your institute’s achievements…

  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    Prime Minister, Israel

    Daniel Doron is helping me fight the historic battle that is now taking place over the future of Israel’s economy.

  • Antonin Scalia

    Justice, Supreme Court, United States

    I am very grateful for your flawless hostmanship in arranging… our meetings… my perceptions concerning that part of the world will never be the same.

  • Richard A. Posner

    Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, United States

    I hope your articles are getting a large audience in Israel. They certainly ought to.

  • Dr. Ron Kronish

    American Jewish Committee

    I benefited greatly from hearing many of the first rate speakers and the chance to meet many of the outstanding people you brought together for this conference.

  • Stuart E. Eizenstat

    Under Secretary, Treasury, United States

    [I] salute the extraordinary work, which Daniel Doron and his institute have undertaken…

  • Dr. S. Levin

    Justice, Supreme Court, Israel

    The view of all the justices with whom I spoke was that [your conference] was most successful, both in its contents and in its organization.

  • Mark Kenny

    Rear Admiral, US Navy

    The economic growth spurred by open markets is the engine to counter Islamist extremism. ICSEP is the beacon for the free market in the Middle East.

  • Uriel Reichman

    former Dean, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

    In my view, [ICSEP’s] conference contributed substantially to the advancement of free market ideas in Israel.

  • Yehoshua Matza

    former Minister of Health, Israel

    ICSEP’s approach… is of great interest to a Knesset member like myself who has to face daily concrete policy issues…

  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    Prime Minister, Israel

    We need a change towards freer markets. What ICSEP does is to fulfill that role as a catalyst for change. I think it is irreplaceable.

  • Stuart Eizenstat

    Under Secretary, Treasury, United States

    You are indeed waging a difficult struggle but it is imperative that you continue to do so.

  • Nissim Dahan

    former Minister of Health, Israel

    Your sharp focus and the in-depth and clear analysis of the topics you treat are revealing new sides to issues that are often presented to us in a one-sided way…

  • Henry L. Clarke

    former Counselor for Economic Affairs, US Embassy in Israel

    The presentations in your excellent conference on New Economics, New Politics in Jerusalem last November were very thoughtful.

  • Stuart Eizenstat

    Under Secretary, Treasury, United States

    Slowly things are moving in the right direction and you rightly claim a substantial amount of credit for ICSEP.

  • James Buchanan

    Nobel Laureate in Economics

    Thank you for including me in the dinner with Israeli Supreme Court Justices... I learned a lot... Your Center is surely doing good work.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    Prime Minister, Israel

    In an Israeli society long dominated by socialist economic thinking, decades of unabashed support for free market reform makes Daniel a very rare breed.

  • Natan Sharansky

    Chairman, Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, Shalem Center

    ICSEP’s director, Daniel Doron, is a fearless fighter for a new independent and strong Israeli economy.

  • Jeb Hensarling

    former Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee, United States

    Thanks to ICSEP’s help, I have just completed my first trip to Israel… I am astounded by the number and quality of meetings that were put together…

  • Edwin J. Feulner, Jr.

    President, Heritage Foundation

    All of us here at The Heritage Foundation applaud you for your extraordinary work in advancing the ideas of the free society, which we share.

  • Stephen Goldsmith

    former Mayor, Indianapolis, IN

    Your insights into the many political and bureaucratic problems that face Israel are both provocative and enlightening.

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