The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies seeks to contribute to thinking and planning processes and influence decision-making processes and policymaking in Israel in its fields of research. In the course of its years of activity, the Institute has attained numerous achievements in influencing decision-making processes and setting the agenda on a variety of issues.
The Distinguished Citizen of Jerusalem (Yakir Yerushalayim) prize was awarded to Israel Kimhi, for his great contribution to the development of building and conservation and development policy in Jerusalem. It was also awarded to Ora Ahimeir, JIIS' founder and long-time director, for guiding a generation of researchers to study Jerusalem and to recommend policies that would lead to its improvement.
The Israel Prize was awarded to Prof. Ruth Lapidoth for her extensive contribution to the field of legal research.
The Yitzhak Sadeh Prize was awarded to Prof. Bar-Siman-Tov for the best book in military studies.
The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies Prize was given to the Institute’s think tank for their work on the topic “Peace arrangements in Jerusalem.”
Creating the most comprehensive and reliable database on Jerusalem and updating it regularly. The Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem, which is published by the JIIS and the Jerusalem Municipality, has been issued since 1983. The Yearbook serves as an important aid for policymakers, planners from the state, municipal and private sectors, researchers and students interested in the topic of Jerusalem, the media, foreign missions in Israel and Israeli embassies abroad.
A professional address for decision-makers and stakeholders regarding data, trends and planning in the city of Jerusalem. JIIS researchers serve as partners in preparing statutory outline plans and master plans, participate in steering committees and think tanks, and advise planners and policymakers.
A professional address for decision-makers on managing the conflict and possible arrangements in Jerusalem. The Institute’s studies feature in-depth analysis of the failures in the process, shed light on ways of moderating the conflict’s intensity and have also proposed possible alternatives for resolving the process, while preserving key Israeli interests.
A professional address for decision-makers and stakeholders on environmental policy. The Environmental Policy Center at the JIIS has been active since 2000. It conducts research, operates think tanks, disseminates ideas and knowledge among policymakers, and assists in providing data and recommendations for implementation. Policy papers issued by the center have been adopted by the government of Israel.
Developing areas of research and professional discourse pertaining to Jerusalem.Since its founding, the Institute has issued some 400 publications.
Notable Effects on Policymaking
Studies about possible solutions in Jerusalem – participation of JIIS experts in the government of Israel’s Peace Administration in 1999-2000, and preparing alternatives for arrangements in Jerusalem for the Camp David summit of 2000.
Preparing the District Outline Plan for the Jerusalem region – statutory status. The Institute’s researchers were partners to preparing the new outline plan for the Jerusalem District, which regulates all aspects related to planning and building within the district’s boundaries.
Policy paper for Dead Sea basin – the government resolution that adopted the principles of a policy paper prepared by the JIIS Environmental Policy Center, recommended among other things to prepare a National Outline Plan for the Dead Sea shores – TAMA 13, which is currently under implementation.
Policy paper on the erosion of the coastal cliffs – the government of Israel decided to adopt the principles of a policy paper on this topic, and to set up an inter-ministerial team to examine implementation of the principles outlined in the paper.
The paper was prepared as part of the research of the Environmental Policy Center at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Study for promoting the field of biotechnology in Jerusalem – the conclusions of a study conducted by the JIIS were adopted by the Jerusalem Development Authority, and as a result an incubator and biotechnology industrial park were established in Jerusalem.
Innovation in traditional industry (the “Nitzotz” project)
The conclusions of a study carried out at the JIIS were adopted by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, and led to launching a program aimed at helping industrial enterprises and service companies to increase their sales and profits through innovation and creativity. Hundreds of enterprises took part in the project.
"The Ultra-Orthodox: Fearing for their Future" – This JIIS examined attitudes among the ultra-Orthodox public on acquiring higher education, and identified the main barriers that face young ultra-Orthodox Jews in joining various academic tracks. Following the study, a government fund was set up to encourage this sector to participate in higher education.
“Academic City” – this venture (the partners of which include higher education institutions in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Israeli government ) was launched as a result of the conclusions of a study carried out by the JIIS, which identified the higher education field as having the potential to serve as a growth engine for Jerusalem.
It is designed to make the city of Jerusalem and its broad range of outstanding educational institutions accessible to the student population. As part of the venture, the Forum of Higher Education Institutions was established, the members of which work together to promote the city.