Brendon O’Connell & Mike Herzog on New York – Tel-Aviv – Moscow Axis from 18th June (Commercial Free)

The American Awakening with Brendon O’Connell & Mike Herzog discussing the New York – Tel Aviv – Moscow Axis. Recorded on 18th June. Commercial Free.

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Brendon O’Connell and Michael Herzog – The Talpiot Program 14th May 2018 (Commercial Free)

 

Michael Herzog welcomes Brendon O’Connell to join him for a discussion on The American Awakening Radio Show. O’Connell shares his years of research looking into areas of technology, espionage, spying and intelligence around and including the Talpiot Program. He highlights the significance of Israel as the rising dominant power in high technology and the cyber world. O’Connell also shares his perspectives of the world from his unique life experiences. Recorded on the 14th May 2018

Talpiot & the Multipolar World Order

Israel is leading the march from a US dominated unipolar world order to a Russia-China dominated multipolar world order. Over the past thirty years we’ve seen a shift in the nature of Jewish power that drives London (the global finance capital), the United States (the dominant global military superpower), and Israel (the top global cyber and technology superpower) by Russian Jews, and even Russian gentiles as is the case with Israel.

In a recent 2018 Guardian article titled ‘How Russia’s rich elite spend their billions in London,’ which has been taken down, Roman Borisovich writes (emphasis added):

“Things changed when the [Russian Jewish] oligarchs started buying the most expensive properties in London and Surrey, opening bank accounts for their companies (many of which were based in overseas British island territories) and buying British football clubs. …

They have been around for almost 20 years, a super-rich colony in the heart of the capital. Many maintain ties with Russia [and Putin and Israel] and most remain “non-doms” – a dazzling loophole in the British tax system. …

Some oligarchs are said to provide other services to the Kremlin. Some finance ultra-right movements; others sponsor anti-EU thinktanks and publications.”

Around ten years before this Russian Jewish oligarch takeover of London, we saw an influx of Russian Jewish migrants into the United States. In a 2009 Forward article titled ‘Russians Now Big Players in American Jewish Philanthropy,’ Gal Beckerman writes (emphasis added):

“When hundreds of thousands of Jews began leaving the Soviet Union 20 years ago, American Jews looked at them the way a father beams at his children. …

Rich Russian Jews, bursting with ideas for how they can have an impact on the Jewish world and informed by their unique histories of growing up in the Soviet Union, are making their presence felt in unprecedented ways on the unexpected turf of the United States. …

Russian Jews were never disengaged from Jewish philanthropy. Throughout the 1990s, the oligarchs who made money quickly and in great quantities invested in resuscitating Jewish communal life, from establishing the Russian Jewish Congress, to building synagogue and community centers, to sponsoring Chabad-Lubavitch’s [see this] missions throughout the former Soviet Union.

But now these Russian Jewish philanthropists are looking outside the bounds of their own community and funding on a larger and less parochial scale. Their massive giving is also having a ripple effect on the American Jewish world, forcing organizations who want to vie for these funds to think creatively about how to get them — in some cases shifting much of their focus to programming for Russian-speaking Jews, which some argue was always lacking. …

The concept, in the case of Genesis, is strengthening the Jewish identity of Russian-speaking Jews in various communities all over the world. Started by Mikhail Fridman [mentioned in the Guardian article above], who then recruited four other Moscow-based Jewish businessmen, the group has been on a funding streak in North America since it formed in 2007

According to Stan Polovets, a Moscow-based oil executive who is also president and CEO of Genesis, the group has narrowly focused its funding on keeping Russian Jews and their children from assimilating. …

As of yet, there has been no backlash from American Jewish leaders, even though the introduction of these Russian-Jewish billionaires into the conversation constitutes a shift in power and focus.”

Mikhail Fridman, mentioned in both articles cited above, is linked to Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin as per this 2016 Forward article titled, ‘Is Jewish Oligarch the Cyber Link Between Donald Trump and Russia?‘.

At the same time frame of the influx of Russian Jewish migrants into the United States, the same was happening in Israel. In a 2011 Guardian article titled, ‘Israel’s former Soviet immigrants transform adopted country,’ Harriet Sherwood writes (emphasis added):

The million-plus citizens of the former Soviet Union who migrated to Israel in the past 20 years have not only made new lives of their own but they have transformed their adopted country. They have influenced the culture, hi-tech industry, language, education and, perhaps most significantly, Israeli politics.

Jews in the former Soviet Union were largely banned from making aliya – migrating to Israel – before the collapse of the empire. But from 1990 onwards they came in their thousands, and they now constitute around 15% of Israel’s 7.7 million population.

Strictly speaking not all of them are Jewish. In traditional Judaism only someone whose mother is Jewish or who has undergone a formal conversion to Judaism is a Jew. But from 1990 anyone from the former Soviet Union who had a Jewish father or grandparent, or who was married to someone meeting those criteria, was granted Israeli citizenship under the country’s law of return.

According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics around 30% of immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s were not Jews or not considered Jewish under Orthodox law. In 2005 that figure leapt to 59%. Only around 5% of the non-Jews have converted.

“It was a very different type of immigration,” said Lily Galili, an Israeli journalist writing a book about the impact of the tidal wave from the former Soviet Union. “They didn’t want to integrate. They wanted to lead. They changed the nature of the country.”

Unfortunately they [immigrants from former Soviet states] have changed the nature of democracy in Israel,” said Galili. … “And they have strengthened and given confidence to the [homegrown] secular rightwing.” …

Galili pointed to “some sense of alienation between Russian immigrants and native-born Israelis. There is not much social interaction. There are still places for ‘Russians’ that ‘Israelis’ don’t go and aren’t wanted – and vice versa.”

But, she added, there would be no going back. “For many years the joke was that Israel had become the 51st state of the US. Instead we have become just another Soviet republic. It’s quite a twist in the story.“‘

The foundation of Talpiot can be found in United States law

Through Israel’s Talpiot and espionage operations, Israel is able to dominate the high tech sector globally. “Talpiot was intended to give Israel a homegrown military edge, but it is also a contributing factor to its edge in biotech, high-tech and academia [ISRAEL21c, 2012].” “The unit also has to help Israel stay ahead of the United States and other large countries with strong militaries [Times of Israel, 2016].”

Talpiot allows Israel to take US technology and hand it to RussiaChina, and beyond, with zero repercussions. Its foundation can literally be found in a recent Congressional bill, ‘S.2497 – United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018‘. By law, the US “shares” technology with Israel all under the guise of ensuring Israel’s national security. Here are some highlights (emphasis added):

(3) On July 27, 2012, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112–15022 U.S.C. 8601 et seq.) declared it to be the policy of the United States “to help the Government of Israel preserve its qualitative military edge amid rapid and uncertain regional political transformation” and “provide Israel defense articles and services, to include air refueling tankers, missile defense capabilities, and specialized munitions”. …

(6) On June 22, 2016, Senate Resolution 508 (114th Congress) was introduced in the United States Senate, expressing support for the expeditious consideration and finalization of a new, robust, and long-term Memorandum of Understanding on military assistance to Israel between the United States Government and the Government of Israel.

(7) Senate Resolution 508 provides that the Senate—

(A) “reaffirms that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States”;

(B) “reaffirms that it is the policy and law of the United States to ensure that Israel maintains its qualitative military edge and has the capacity and capability to defend itself from all credible military threats”;

(C) “reaffirms United States support of a robust Israeli tiered missile defense program”;

(D) “supports continued discussions between the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel for a robust and long-term Memorandum of Understanding on United States military assistance to Israel”;

(E) “urges the expeditious finalization of a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel”; and

(F) “supports a robust and long-term Memorandum of Understanding negotiated between the United States and Israel regarding military assistance which increases the amount of aid from previous agreements and significantly enhances Israel’s military capabilities”.

(8) On September 14, 2016, the United States and Israel signed a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the importance of continuing annual United States military assistance to Israel and cooperative missile defense programs in a way that enhances Israel’s security and strengthens the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

(9) The 2016 Memorandum of Understanding reflected United States support of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grant assistance to Israel over the ten year period beginning in fiscal year 2019 and ending in fiscal year 2028. FMF grant assistance would be at a level of $3,300,000,000 annually, totaling $33,000,000,000, the largest United States assistance package ever and a reiteration of the seven-decade, unshakeable, bipartisan commitment of the United States to Israel’s security.

(10) The Memorandum of Understanding also reflected United States support for funding for cooperative programs to develop, produce, and procure missile, rocket, and projectile defense capabilities over a ten year period beginning in fiscal year 2019 and ending in fiscal year 2028 at a level of $500,000,000 per year, totaling $5,000,000,000.

So, it should not be surprising to read the following excerpt from a recent Business Insider article titled, ‘China’s J-10 fighter jet may be getting some impressive upgrades to make it more stealthy‘ (emphasis added):

The J-10 itself is rumored to be a Chinese copy of the American F-16.

In the 1990s, Israel was hoping to make its own domestic fighter jet that could compete on the international market. It required assistance from US companies and ended up making the IAI Lavi, a fighter that heavily resembled the F-16.

After it was discovered that up to $1.3 billion of US aid to Israel was spent on the development of the Lavi, and that the US was essentially funding a potential competitor, the project was canceled.

The plans for the fighter were then said to have been sold to China. Some US government officials even believed that Israel and China were collaborating with each other to develop the fighter.

Or this excerpt from a 2013 Military.com article titled, ‘Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China‘ (emphasis added):

Secret U.S. missile and electro-optics technology was transferred to China recently by Israel, prompting anger from the U.S. and causing a senior Israeli defense official to resign.

The head of defense exports for the Israeli Defense Ministry resigned after a U.S. investigation concluded that technology, including a miniature refrigeration system manufactured by Ricor and used for missiles and in electro-optic equipment, was sent to China, according to the Israeli newspaper Maariv. …

Israel has a long record of getting U.S. military technology to China.

In the early 1990s then-CIA Director James Woolsey told a Senate Government Affairs Committee that Israel had been selling U.S. secrets to China for about a decade. More than 12 years ago the U.S. demanded Israel cancel a contract to supply China with Python III missiles, which included technology developed by the U.S. for its Sidewinder missiles, The Associated Press reported in 2002.

The Congressional US-Israel “tech sharing” bill mentioned above also includes long term space cooperation. Here are highlights from ‘SEC. 201. UNITED STATES-ISRAEL SPACE COOPERATION.’ (emphasis added):

(1) Authorized in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) supports and coordinates United States Government research in aeronautics, human exploration and operations, science, and space technology.

(2) Established in 1983, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) supports the growth of Israel’s space industry by supporting academic research, technological innovation, and educational activities.

(5) Since 1996, NASA and the ISA have successfully cooperated on many space programs supporting the Global Positioning System and research related to the sun, earth science, and the environment.

(6) The bond between NASA and the ISA was permanently forged on February 1, 2003, with the loss of the crew of STS–107, including Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon.

(7) The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act Of 2014 (Public Law 113–296) designated Israel as a major strategic partner of the United States.

With all the Cold War 2.o hysteria, it’s interesting the Guardian reported in 2017 that “Russia and the United States have agreed to cooperate on a Nasa-led programme to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars.” There’s even chatter of China-US space cooperation, but nothing’s confirmed.

China, the US, the UK and India all have university technology partnerships with Israel via the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and so does Russia via the Yandex Machine Learning Initiative. And like Russia, China has a long history with Jewish power and close relations with Israel.

Chinese investment in Israel will soon overtake that of the United States, especially in high tech industry. The New Silk Road, or One Belt One Road (OBOR), initiative is being led by Israel via China by marrying Israel’s high tech dominance with China’s high production capacity. One of the funding mechanisms for the New Silk Road initiative is the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). In a 2017 Jerusalem Post article titled, ‘One Belt, One Road | Israel’s role in China’s flagship policy.‘, Gilad Kabilo writes (emphasis added):

[T]his policy is based on the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an initiative that has not been well received in the US, to the extent that Japan refrained from joining so as not to upset Washington. Israel, however, did join the AIIB, and must be careful not to conduct its business with China at the expense of the US or its relationship with Washington.

In another 2017 Jerusalem Post article titled, ‘Israel and the unexpected new world order,’ Brian Schrauger writes (emphasis added):

Israel is positioned to guard the world’s Internet. Everything today is traded, controlled and administered online. And Israel is emerging as the world’s number one guardian of the worldwide web. That means, regardless of being a few miles offtrack from China’s Land and Maritime Roads, it is positioned to be the center of both belts.

Economists worry that China’s ambition could trigger a global economic collapse; a currency collapse, specifically. Maybe BRICS and One Belt One Road don’t care. A global currency collapse might be seen as a way to wipe the slate clean of nation-based currencies, especially the US dollar, and establish an international one: like Bitcoin, perhaps.

If Bitcoin is the model for a new Internet-based global currency, Israel is likely to be its guardian too, protecting that currency from hackers around the world.

As chief of security for the world’s information and currency, and with energy independence, Israel stands to gain substantial wealth.

US sanctions on Russia have pushed Russia and China closer together over the past several years. Pro-Eurasianist Pepe Escobar writes in his recent Asia Times article titled, ‘From Ankara to Moscow, Eurasia integration is on the move‘ (emphasis added):

“Crucially, China sent not only a high-ranking delegation to Moscow, but most of all a loud and clear message. General Wei Fenghe, the new Chinese Defense Minister, side by side with Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu, said: “The Chinese side came to let the Americans know about the close ties between the Russian and Chinese armed forces.” Shoigu, for his part, underlined the “special character” of the Russia-China partnership.

Even before the meeting the Global Times stressed the point that non-stop Russia demonization coupled with the now rolling US-China trade war will only strengthen the “special character” partnership.

Interesting considering Trump’s ties to Russia through his relationships with Chabad-Lubavitch, Russian Jewish oligarch Mikhail Fridman, mentioned above, and founder of private military company Academi, Erik Prince. Prince has strong ties to not only Russia, but also China. A 2017 Financial Times article titled, ‘Blackwater founder Erik Prince eyes opportunities with China‘ states (emphasis added):

The former Navy Seal and founder of the now defunct Blackwater Security, which became synonymous with Bush-era military adventures, late last year announced a push to sell logistics and security to support Beijing’s “Silk Road” strategy, which is seen as an effort to promote Chinese political influence across the Eurasian land mass using roughly $900bn of foreign investment. …

He described the Silk Road policy, which is dubbed “One Belt One Road” by Beijing, as a “fantastic initiative”. He added: “China trading with its neighbours and building infrastructure brings only benefits.” …

Meanwhile, the political winds in Washington have changed in Mr. Prince’s favour. He is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump and is the brother of Betsy DeVos, Mr. Trump’s new education secretary.

The Associated Press just recently revealed that Prince also has ties to Cambridge Analytica (emphasis added).

Company filings show that Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has a link to a Chinese security and logistics company run by Erik Prince, the former mercenary who founded private military company Blackwater.

British corporate records show that Alexander Nix, the suspended chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, is also director of a company called Emerdata Ltd. that was incorporated in August 2017.

Other Emerdata directors include people associated with Cambridge Analytica, along with Johnson Ko Chun Shun, who was appointed in January.

Ko is also deputy chairman of Hong Kong-based Frontier Services Group, whose chairman is Prince.

FSG has attracted attention because of concerns Prince plans to provide special forces veterans to assist Chinese companies investing in risky locations overseas.

China’s biggest state-owned company, Citic, is a major FSG shareholder.

The New York Times describes Cambridge Analytica as:

“a political data firm hired by President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, gained access to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users. The firm offered tools that could identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior.

Cambridge has been largely funded by Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, and Stephen K. Bannon, a former adviser to the president who became an early board member and gave the firm its name. It has pitched its services to potential clients ranging from Mastercard and the New York Yankees to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

Concluding thoughts and call to action

It should now be obvious that Israel is a parasite, not an ally. President Trump is, either wittingly or unwittingly, helping Israel facilitate the shift to a Russia-China dominated multipolar world order. Please help get this information out, especially to those in the United States military, intelligence and police forces. Please write your representatives and let them know this is happening out in the open and within US legislation, before it’s too late.

IDC Herzliya: A Institutional Cornerstone In Building A High Tech Superpower

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 HelpUsWin.org, 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.