Jerusalem based think tank launches new effort to teach about American exceptionalism and Israel’s renaissance

By Dr. Eidelberg – (JERUSALEM) A new policy institute, the Israel-American Renaissance Institute / I-ARI, with offices in Jerusalem and Philadelphia has been launched by a group of veteran scholars. Professors at American and Israeli universities, both Jews and non-Jews have been brought together by political scientist Paul Eidelberg to discuss the importance of the basic ideas and values found in the Bible of Israel to the futures of both nations.

Dr. Eidelberg earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago, where he studied under the world-renowned scholar Dr. Leo Strauss. His trilogy on America’s founding documents is considered without parallel: The Philosophy of the American Constitution, On the Silence of the Declaration of Independence, and A Discourse on Statesmanship. In 1976 he joined the faculty of Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

“Right from its very name The Israel-American Renaissance Institute and the acronym “ari” in Hebrew means lion, declares that our organization is a fearless teacher of the truth—including some unflattering truths about Israel and America,” explains Eidelberg. “The term “renaissance” indicates that the governments of both countries have abandoned the basic ideas and values that inspired so much of mankind. These ideas and values are derived from the Bible of Israel, and we in I-ARI are committed to reviving those ideas and values in political life.”

With a dozen professors on its editorial advisory board, I-ARI has launched a website at www.I-ARI.org with essays from these professors, half of whom are U.S. based and half are in Israel. The Institute has an aggressive publishing plan including a forthcoming book from Dr. Eidelberg and a series of position papers. The first paper in the I-ARI Executive Briefing Series, is now available at no charge as a pdf by emailing publications@i-ari.org and asking for “Beyond Appeasement.”

Beyond Appeasement: Toward a Jewish National Strategy discusses how Israel can take steps today to boldly assert that all of the territory in its hands will stay under its control and that it plans to permanently annex Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

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