IDC HERZLIYA: AN INSTITUTIONAL CORNERSTONE IN BUILDING A HIGH TECH SUPERPOWER

Talpiot Talk

The summer of 1994 marked the opening of a unique academic institution in a vacated military camp in six miles north of Tel Aviv. Herzliya, which is named after the seminal Zionist intellectual Theodor Herzl, is home to Israel’s largest high tech industrial park which housed companies such as Compaq, Motorola, National Semiconductors, and Sun Microsystems. It was here where the first private university in Israel was founded. The founders left tenured positions in leading U.S. and Israeli universities intending to change the academic agenda of the country. Many academics from the US universities financed by wealthy Jewish donors decided to leave the country that provided the infrastructure and gave them the support, training and opportunities to attain their positions and achievements to focus on building the Zionist state of Israel that we see today.

These same academics do however to this day rely heavily on US based Jewish donors…

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