Ariel Center for Policy Research

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The Ariel Center for Policy Research is a Israeli interest group and think tank. While it does not have a mission statement on its website,[1] the goals described in the founding issue of its journal, Nativ (journal) (Hebrew for "Path"), state its opposition to a two-state solution and a policy harder-line than the Likud party. The site lists its contributing authors (see Related Pages, but not its leadership other than the Editor-in-Chief, Arieh Stav, and the Editor, Leah Kochanowitz.

Haaretz reports that it monitors opposing views at Israeli universities and publishes "A list of people suspected of being leftists or activists appears at the end of the paper." Its ACPR Policy Paper No. 171, "Our Inner Scourge: The Catastrophe of Israel Academics," describes a "catastrophe" in Israeli academia, which "...lies neither in the financial situation of Israeli academia nor in its standards, nor even in the low wages professors receive. It lies in its leftism." The same article also says "Most of the center's publications are devoted to strategic studies, and some can enrich the Israeli discourse."[2]


RightWeb states it has a board of directors and an advisory council, including William Van Cleave, Louis René Beres, and Moshe Arens. It says that its funding comes from the Tel Aviv-based Arison Foundation and the New York-based Friends of the Ariel Center for Policy Research, the latter with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpolitical status. [3]


A 2001 book it published describes the ongoing negotiations for the Israel-Palestine Conflict as

a paradox where a minuscule democracy is being forced to provide to its totalitarian enemies - scores of times its size - the only thing that it lacks: territory. In exchange, these dictatorial regimes promise to provide the one and only thing that they lack: peace.
The essence of the current process is the establishment of an Arab-Palestinian state in addition to the on that already exists in Jordan, this time in Eretz Israel [Hebrew for "land of Israel"] , beginning with Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, the cradle of the Hebrew nation and the raison d'etre of Judaism and Zionism.[4]

Its 2008 policy proposal,"Framework Proposal for a National Strategy Regarding Judea and Samaria and the Issue of Eretz Israel Arabs" states an objective of "Consolidating a political proposal with the intention of halting Israel’s defeatist campaign that is manifest in its most extreme form in the conduct of the Olmert Government." Its basic policy is what is sometimes called a zero-state solution that rejects the idea of a Palestinian identity, returning Arabs in the Occupied Territories to Jordanian and Egyptian citizenship. [5] It proposes a unilateral solution that it does not believe Arab states will accept:

  • Extending Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
  • Jordan is Palestine” and restoration of Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs in Judea and Samaria.
  • Municipal autonomy for the Arabs of Judea and Samaria (on the basis of the Camp David Accords) accompanied by a total disarmament of the autonomous areas.
  • The areas of Arab settlements located on private property (the Mosaic Program by Dr. Yuval Arnon Ohanna).
  • Military liquidation of the military infrastructure in Gaza and according responsibility for the area to Egypt.
  • Israeli Arabs: Equal rights in exchange for equal obligations