About Modern Israel

Featured Document:

January 29, 2019: Benny Gantz Campaign Launch Speech

A former IDF General, Benny Gantz’s speech officially launched his campaign to replace current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April 2019 elections. With pride of ownership, Gantz spoke of his love of Zionism, the Jewish people and the state of Israel. He intoned for new leadership, not-self-absorbed, reminding his listeners that his army career of 38 years reflected a keenness to protect the state, a place where he made tough decisions. He warned Israel’s adversaries while calling for an end to domestic divisions and corruption. He called for a moral government that will do its best for all of its citizens in the fields of education, business, health care. His maiden political speech reflected a definite pragmatic and centrist outlook.

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Surveys and Polls

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Program & Events

  • April 8, 2019 - Ken Stein, "Evangelicals Making a Difference: Israel's Story," Atlanta, GA
  • March 26, 2019 - Ken Stein, Dennis Ross, and William Quandt, "The Egyptian-Israeli Treaty 40 Years Later: Lessons Learned," The State Department, Washington, DC
  • February 4-25, 2019 -- Eli Sperling, "Contemporary Issues in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Four-Part Series," The Temple, Atlanta, GA
  • January 24, 2019 -- Rich Walter, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Israel But Were Afraid to Ask," Chabad on the Beltline, Atlanta, GA
  • January 23, 2019 -- Ken Stein, "The US and the Middle East; Policies Amidst a Fragmenting Region," Luncheon, Atlanta Council on International Relations, Capital City Club - Downtown, Atlanta, GA
  • January 7, 2019 -- Ken Stein, "Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues in Historical Perspective," Academic Exchange Network, Boca Raton, FL
  • January 2, 2019 -- Ken Stein, "History of US Israeli Relationship," Saban Leadership Seminar, Washington, DC
  • November 9-11, 2018 -- ISMI@20, Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta, GA
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About the Institute

 What We Do at ISMI

  • Founded in 1998, we are the OLDEST permanent Israel academic center in the United States.
  • ISMI has supported 15 Israel Visiting Scholars who have taught 712 students in 41 courses. 

  • ISMI offers enriching internships to a select few Emory students every semester

  • ISMI conducts Israel education workshops for teachers across the country



May 2019 - Contemporary Reading List

History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 2017