The summer of 1994 marked the opening of a unique academic institution on the site of a former Israeli Air Force base and Anti-aircraft warfare school six miles north of Tel Aviv. Herzliya, which is named after the seminal Zionist intellectual Theodor Herzl, is home to Israel’s largest high tech industrial park which housed companies such as Compaq, Motorola, National Semiconductors, and Sun Microsystems. Apple, Microsoft and IBM are all headquartered in Herzliya. It was here where the first private university in Israel was founded. The founders left tenured positions in leading U.S. and Israeli universities intending to change the academic agenda of the country. Many academics from the US universities financed by wealthy Jewish donors decided to leave the country that provided the infrastructure and gave them the support, training and opportunities to attain their positions and achievements to focus on building the foundational infrastructure of the Zionist state of Israel that we see today.

These same academics do however to this day rely heavily on US based Jewish donors and they still exploit their connections to US Universities. IDC Herzliya closely cooperates with leading universities in the United States such as the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University where founding academics of IDC Herzliya. These relationships have been vitally important for the Raphael Recanati International School’s (part of IDC Herzliya) Operation Protective Edge that is actively trying to stifle the well meaning efforts of the BDS movement.

According to Jonathan Neff RRIS’s Operation Protective Edge produces pro-Israel material in 31 different languages and the material is disseminated across the listed US university campuses by pro-Israel advocates in efforts to combat the BDS movement. The university literally engages in counter intelligence operations and propaganda warfare for the benefit of Israel inside the United States.

You will also be delighted to know that due to the heavy financing by wealthy International Jewish donors to build up and fund grants for the university the students tuition fees at IDC Herzliya are significantly lower than tuition fees of colleges and universities of a similar stature in the United States. This is a result largely due to the impact wealthy Jewish donors that take money out of the economy in which they make the majority of their money tax free through 501(c) foundations and investing it in Israel. That alone is a great argument for the BDS movement.

A key reason for the founding of IDC Herzliya was for it to be the leading Israeli academic institution for students who serve in the IDF. The idea was to take military personnel and provide them with the skills to further facilitate the IDF in a higher capacity (For instance; in their exception counter terrorism programs) or for them to move into the high technology sector in which Herzliya is a hub. Cyber-security and cyber-defence are big emerging economy that are benefiting from the programs offered at IDC. The university also provide  students with connections to thriving start-up companies and start up incubators.

IDC Herzliya offers one of world’s most exceptional programs in political science, with specialisation in diplomacy and counter-terrorism. The institute for counter-terrorism is one of the leading academic institutes for counter-terrorism in the world. IDC Herzliya is placed alongside the world’s leading universities.

The university has another important relationship with the IDF being the first academic institution to recognise active reserve service as equivalent to academic credits. In addition, IDC students who serve in the reserve forces enjoy significant assistance during their studies.


American Friends of the IDC

According to accounts filed with the IRS, the Foundation received a total of $28,999,497 between 1998 and 2006 in ‘gifts, grants and contributions’. The size of these donations increased substantially during that period, from $989,333 in 1999 to $10,296,706 in 2006. US Foundations known to have donated to American Friends of IDC include:

  • Seth Klarman’s The Klarman Family Foundation – The Klarman Family Foundation funds pro-Israel and anti-Muslim causes. Klarman is a major player in Israeli media. He is co-owner and chairman of Times of Israel, a top newspaper and online news website. The control of the press and censoring of any criticism of Israel seems to be a major goal of Klarman. Through his foundation he funds several watchdogs and pressure groups that watch over media outlets to control their content and made sure they push a pro-Israel narrative and censor Israel and its criminal behaviour. That is one of the major reasons you do not read this kind of content within the mainstream media. Some of the names of these groups are the Anti-Defamation League, CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) and Honest Reporting. Relating to the anti-BDS movement on university campuses. Klarman funds a group called Israel on Campus Coalition which actively use pro-Israel propaganda to influence students in an effort to stifle the efforts of the BDS movement.

(You can watch a video I creating exposing Seth Klarman and The Klarman Family Foundation here), 

  • Russell Berrie’s Russell Berrie Foundation which is another huge donor of Jewish and Zionist causes under the guise of philanthropy. Though the foundation does do legitimate philanthropy it is mostly done as PR and used as a cover for moving assets tax free to Israel to build up the Israeli infrastructure. The Russell Berrie Foundation  Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, established in January 2005 as a joint endeavour of the Russell Berrie Foundation, the government of Israel and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. It is one of the largest academic programs in Israel and is among the largest nanotechnology centres in the world.
  • Nina Rosenwald’s Abstraction Fund. Rosenwald is one of the biggest donor of anti-Muslim pro-Israel groups and is a key component to the Zionist network worldwide.
  • Ronald Lauder (Estee Lauder’s son) has funded the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. Not only is Lauder a billionaire heir to the Estee Lauder empire. He is also a good friend of Donald Trump.
  • Sheldon Adelson’s Adelson Family Foundation donated $2.5 million to the American Friends of IDC in 2013, with a further $17.5 million approved for disbursal during the year.

 Ronald Lauder Yoram (Jerry) Wind connections

The Lauder Institute was founded in 1983 at the University of Pennsylvania by Leonard A. Lauder and Ronald S. Lauder in memory of their father, Joseph H. Lauder. Yoram (Jerry) Wind was the founding director of Lauder Institute from it’s founding in 1983 to1988. Wind co-founded IDC in 1994 and the American Friends of IDC in 1998 and served as its President until 2002. He played a major part in defining its vision, objectives and philosophy and played a great part in developing the IDC Herzliya Friends Association in the USA. Wind also chaired the promotion and appointment committee at IDC for the first 13 years and has since chaired the higher academic committee. He also established exchange programs with the Wharton School where he teaches. 

Wind is also the founding academic director of The Wharton Fellows Program (2000), a powerful global network of CEOs and senior executives who are committed to lifelong learning focused on transformational leadership. He is the founding director the Wharton Future of Advertising Program (2008), whose mission is to act as a catalyst for deeper insights, bolder innovation, and broader positive impact of advertising.

Wharton-IDC Global Consulting Practicum

The Wharton Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) is a cross functional course given within the curriculum of the IDC and Wharton M.B.A. program. This program provides IDC with the best MBA program in Israel. Students participating in the program form multinational teams that are guided by experienced strategy consultants and industry experts. Each team is assigned to a company where they conduct market research and formulate a concrete business strategy. Students to learn how to apply concepts and ideas from the classroom to the real world. This provides students with valuable work experience and connections to organisations providing them with an advantage over other students involved involved in the same field. 

This is a strategy I’ve increasingly noticed. Programs such as this are helping to monopolise job opportunities for graduates. Not only have we seen high tech corporations shift toward Israel. We are seeing an ever increasing shift in graduates from Israeli universities into positions in the business sector, not only in Israel but in the Boston Corridor and Silicon Valley. It’s programs like these that make it possible. Wind has been instrumental in this transition. His vision to drive this change through networking has played a major role. That is one of the reasons why Wind Avenue on IDC’s campus is named after Yoram Wind.

Herzliya Conference

Ronald Lauder’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. and Sheldon Adelson’s Shalem center’s  Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies co-organise the Herzliya Conference. The annual event has been said to be ‘arguably the most influential think tank event in Israel’.

The Ninth Herzliya Conference really highlights how important its influence over Israel’s future military direction, agendas and policies.

Prof. Uzi Arad Founding Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya

President José María Aznar Former Prime Minister of Spain. President of FAES (Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis)

Lt. Gen. (res.) Ehud Barak Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister

Rafael L. Bardaji Director of International Policy at FAES Fundacion, Madrid

 Amb. John Bolton Former US Ambassador to the United Nations. Presently a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

Michael D. Brown Former US Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) 

Dr. Stephen J. Canner Vice President of Investment and Financial Services at the US Council for International Business

Dr. John Chipman Director General and Chief Executive of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and is its former Director of Studies 

Sir Ronald Cohen Chairman of Portland Capital and Portland Trust 

Dr. Liam Fox Member of the UK Parliament 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead Director of the Politico-Military Bureau at the Ministry of Defense. Previously served as Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Head of the Military Intelligence Research Department, and as the IDF Spokesperson 

Amb. Dr. Dore Gold President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs 

Richard Gordon President of the American Jewish Congress 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amb. David Ivry President of Boeing Israel and Boeing’s Vice President of International Relations

Dr. Josef Joffe Editor-Publisher of Die Zeit German weekly and Visiting Professor at Stanford’s Hoover Institute

Dr. Ariel (Eli) Levite is Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

Tzipi Livni Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Sverre Lodgaard Senior Research Fellow of Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo and its former Director

Prof. Herbert London President of the Hudson Institute and Professor Emeritus at New York University 

Amb. Alfred H. Moses Chairman of UN Watch and partner and chief attorney in the Civington & Burling Law Firm 

MK Benjamin Netanyahu Opposition leader and former Prime Minister 

Mr. Michael Oxley is Vice Chairman of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Formerly served for 25 years as US Representative of Ohio’s Fourth Congressional District 

Sir Michael Pakenham Former UK Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Intelligence Coordinator, and Cabinet Secretary for Defence and Overseas Affairs  

Jonathan S. Paris Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute

Shimon Peres President of the State of Israel. Former Prime Minister 

Dr. Jamie Patrick Shea is Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of NATO for Strategic Planning and Lecturer at Collège d’Europe 

James Woolsey Venture Partner with VantagePoint. Former US Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Dr. David Wurmser Director of Delphi Global Analysis and until recently served as the Senior Advisor on National Security Affairs at the Office of the Vice President,

Dick Cheney

Lt. Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya’alon Senior Fellow at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center. Former Chief of IDF General Staff

Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Yatom CEO and General Director of GSG ltd. Previously served as the Head of the Mossad.


Stand With Us

IDC has been involved in propaganda operations (or ‘hasbara’ as it is known in Israel) in support of Israeli attacks on Palestinians. Particularly notable in this regard are the Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy, which operates within the framework of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, and the Ambassadors Club founded in the framework of the Raphael Recanati International School. 

The US pro-Israeli advocacy group Stand With Us has provided support for a number of propaganda operations at IDC. In addition to sponsoring and running the Ambassadors Club bi-monthly seminars, it has supported and sponsored the student initiated group, “Bursting the Bubble,” set up to publicise Qassam rockets fired into Israel. It also created a Situation Room (held in the Yellow-Room/Aquarium) which monitored media coverage during the Israeli assault on Gaza during December 2006 and January 2007. Stand With Us also sponsored, a pro-Israel social networking campaign launched at the IDC Herzliya during the Israeli offensive in Gaza in 2009.

In January 2015, Israeli media website The Seventh Eye reported that the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is to pay StandWithUs (SWU) $254,000 in matching funds ‘for a year-long program to disseminate hasbara,

Finally, it sponsors 20 IDC students every year under the Stand With Us Fellowship Programme.


The biggest donors to StandWithUs since 2005, according to a search of publicly available tax returns, were foundations controlled by Susan Wexner, who has contributed more than $850,000 to the group. Susan Wexner is the wife of Leslie Wexner the money man behind convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Another donor is Nina Rosenwald making past donations through her Abstration Fund.

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and World Summit on Terrorism

 The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism is an Israeli institute which is based at the IDC Herzliya. The Centre was founded in 1996, and describes itself as ‘the leading academic institute for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism.’ It also claims to be ‘an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability and risk assessment, intelligence analysis and national security and defense policy

The Center runs the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism which has at past events been sponsored by the ADL. One of the keynote speakers of the 2016 summit was Michael Chertoff.

Concluding thoughts

IDC Herzliya is a very important institution that will continue to grow and develop into a leading university in the world. Not only does IDC play an intricate role in networking and connecting major Israeli institutions, it is also shaping the future of the country and the world through its think tanks, conferences and summits. Its students will play a leading role in the continued direction of building Israel into a dominant high tech superpower.


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