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American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise

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The American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) U.S. based organization established in 1993 "to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship."[3]

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Founded 1993
Founder Mitchell Bard
Key people
Howard Rosenbloom (President)
Dr. Dr. Daniel Lieber (Vice President)
Mitchell G. Bard (Executive Director)
Zachary Scheinerman, Hanan Alexander, Shlomo Avineri, Gerald Steinberg, Joshua Teitelbaum,[1] Bernice Manocherian[2]

AICE Executive Director is foreign policy analyst Mitchell G. Bard, a former editor of the Near East Report, a newsletter published by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and the author of many books.[4] AICE has been cited by major news networks, including CNN,[5] Yahoo news,[6] Haaretz,[7] and others. A member of the Israel on Campus Coalition,[8] AICE is independently supported by donations from various foundations and individuals.[9]



AICE's goals are enhancing the understanding and appreciation of Israel through social and educational programs in the United States, disseminating information about Israel; aiding efforts of students and faculty attempting to counteract anti-Zionist rhetoric and activities; promoting the study of Israel’s political system, culture, and society; and developing American universities’ appreciation of Israel as a subject worthy of serious attention.[9] AICE's goals also include highlighting areas where Israel might contribute to the betterment of America, and publishing studies to identify specific programs and approaches that can benefit Americans. Its mission statement is:[3]

  • To provide a vehicle for the research, study, discussion and exchange of views concerning nonmilitary cooperation (Shared Value Initiatives) between the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel.
  • To facilitate the formation of partnerships between Israelis and Americans.
  • To publicize joint activities, and the benefits accruing to America and Israel from them.
  • To explore issues of common historical interest to the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel.
  • To sponsor research, conferences and documentaries.
  • To serve as a clearinghouse on joint U.S.-Israeli activities.
  • To provide educational materials on Jewish history and culture.
  • To promote scholarship in the field of Israel studies.

Projects and activitiesEdit

It maintains a database that containing joint U.S.-Israel activities. The database includes recipients of grants from the Binational Science Foundation (BSF), the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation (BARD) and the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD).[3] Its Economic Partnership Databank contains information on more than 10,000 U.S. companies doing business in or with Israel. To address the critical need to develop new scholars and place established Israel scholars on campus, AICE has created the Israel Scholar Development Fund (ISDF).[3] Some of their other major projects include bringing Israeli professors to teach Israel-related courses on U.S campuses, supporting visiting Israeli scholars teaching in the US.

Jewish Virtual LibraryEdit

AICE's largest project is the Jewish Virtual Library (JVL), an online encyclopedia covering Israel, the Jewish people, culture, history, and everything from Anti Semitism to Zionism.[10][11]

Visiting Israeli Professors (VIPs)Edit

The purpose of the AICE fellowships (Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professors[12] and the postdoctoral teaching fellows) for both the Israeli postdocs and U.S. graduate students is to further the development of future professors of Israel studies and ensure that expertise in the field will continue to be available from Israel while expanding within the United States.[9]

It also brings Visiting Israeli Professors (VIPs) from Israeli universities: Hebrew University, University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, and Bar Ilan University, and also those who meet high academic requirements and have previous experience studying or teaching in U.S. universities.[9]

In 2008, AICE financially assisted 29 Israelis (26 professors and three postdoctoral fellows) offering 70 courses in 27 universities throughout the United States and a further 11 graduate fellows and two postdoctoral research fellows.[9]

In the 2014-15 academic year, AICE will reportedly have 20 VIPs.

Intelligence on IranEdit

Intelligence on Iran is a free, online resource providing in-depth expert analysis, extensive primary source material, and a news media archive covering aspects and issues related to the Iranian nuclear program".[13]


Launched in 2010, the "Stop BDS project" is an online resource for students on campus and others who wish to fight the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in their communities.[14]

Joe's IsraelEdit

Joe’s Israel is a social media campaign launched on the web, which provides a platform to empower college students in North America for a dialogue on Israel.[15]

The Israel CalendarEdit

"The Israel Calendar", a web-based calendar, was designed to provide the pro-Israel community a monthly focus to structure Israel activism on college campuses and in Jewish communities.[16]


Books published by the American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise include:[17]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "AICE Conference Participant Bios 2013-2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "AICE - board of directors". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "About AICE". JVL. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mitchell Bard - Books". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rabbi, wife 'spread Jewish pride' in Mumbai". CNN - Asia. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Vasilogambros, Matt (January 28, 2013). "Could John Kerry Broker a Mideast Peace Deal? Probably Not". Yahoo. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Neistat, Aimee (March 22, 2012). "Israeli photo exhibition opens a window into the lives of Georgian Jews". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tenured or Tenduous: Defining the Role of Faculty in Supporting Israel on Campus" (PDF). JVL. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Koren, Annette (September 2008). "Advancing Israel Studies in U.S. Universities 2005-2008: The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise". Brandeis University. Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "What is". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "THE AMERICAN–ISRAELI COOPERATIVE ENTERPRIS". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Israel". Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "iranintelligence - About". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "STOPBDS.COM and BDS Cookbook Developed to Fight Boycotts on Campuses". Jewish National Fund. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Andre Oboler (September 3, 2012). "Joe's Israel: Empowerment through Social Media". Jpost. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Israel Calendar - About". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "AICE - Publications". Retrieved 5 February 2014.