The Institute for Zionist Strategies, rooted in a National Liberal orientation, seeks to strengthen Israel as the nation state of the Jewish People by contributing to its historic development as a Jewish and democratic state.
The Israeli Mikveh
Refugees (?) in Israel
On the legal standing of African immigrants to Israel
Against the background of the Israeli public's intense debate about African migrants and refugees over the past decade, their sojourn here, and the obligation of the State toward them, the Institute has published a new position paper by Nir Amram, which deals with the legal status of African migrants in Israel. The position paper summarizes the status of infiltrators according to international law and as implemented by the Israeli law, and illustrated the complexity of this issue. The paper presents possible courses of action based on the international and Israeli law, which reflect Israel's wish to achieve a solution that is both humane and consistent with keeping the Jewish characterand social resilience of the state.
A research team from the Golden Mean project of the IZS is currently researching the Israeli mikveh to prepare a comprehensive study. An article recently published in the Deot journal by Golden Mean members Michal Achrak-Wein and Ayelet Seeman discusses the research's initial findings and points to the many problems facing the network of mikvehs . The database the Ministry of Religious Services presents to the public is not up-to-date nor is it detailed. In many locations, the price of using the mikveh is determined arbitrarily and exceeds the standard set by the Ministry. In some Religious Councils the mikveh department is run inefficiently. Many mikvehs operate without business licenses and the health conditions in the mikvehs are not always acceptable. The review shows the very real need to rethink the structure of the mikvehs in Israel.
A Jewish Majority in the Land of Israel
"Growth trends and population forecasts have played a significant role in the political landscape of the Middle East, especially over the thorny question of Israel and the disputed territories. The notion that the Jewish majority of Israel is in danger of being swamped by Arab fertility has repeatedly been used as a political and psychological weapon to extract territorial concessions from the Israeli government. In September 2010, U.S. president Barack Obama referred to the so-called "hard realities of demography" that threaten the survival of the Jewish state.
Such a conclusion is wrong. Analysis of long-term demographic developments leads to quite the opposite conclusion: In the long run, a strong Jewish majority, not only in the state of Israel—as this author projected almost twenty-five years ago and the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics recently reaffirmed—but also in the Land of Israel is quite possible."
From the updated research for 2014 of Yakov Faitelson about "A Jewish Majority in the Land of Israel