Data Resources for Research on Israel

On this page, you will find references to databases for research of Israel which were brought to the attention of the AIS. If you are a member and have a datasource that you would like posted on this webpage please email the AIS with the information.

Data Israel - The Online Public Opinion Research Database of The Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

The Data Israel portal is an online public opinion research database created and administered by the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, at the Israel Democracy Institute. It is the second-largest database in Israel (second to the Central Bureau of Statistics), and contains data from hundreds of public-opinion polls conducted from 1967 to the present on a wide range of subjects such as society, economics, security, and political leaders and institutions. In the future, the portal will also contain research reports dating back to 1949.
The portal features an advanced, user-friendly search engine that uses keywords from a survey’s title as well as words that appear in the questions and the response categories. Searches may be performed in English and Hebrew, and the results appear in either language, according to the user’s preference.
Most of the surveys in the portal contain complete data, and users may perform simple statistical procedures, such as frequencies and crosstabbs. Users may also view the questionnaires and download the complete data file of surveys in SPSS or Excel format.*
The Data Israel portal may be accessed at the following link:


Podcast: Interviews from the 32nd AIS Annual Conference

The Tel Aviv Review is a biweekly podcast dedicated to reviewing the latest developments in nonfiction writing and scholarship about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
In partnership with TLV1 Radio and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Gilad Halpern hosts leading scholars and researchers for long-form, in-depth discussions about their field of expertise.
In June 2016, the podcast covered the AIS Annual Conference in Jerusalem, yielding 20 interviews on a wide range of topics.
The interviews, alongside more than 250 archive interviews, can be found here:
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The idea that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat came to Israel for an extremely dramatic visit in November 1977, and from then on it was a forgone conclusion that there would be peace between Israel and Egypt is of course wrong. The fact that the peace agreement between the two warring countries was signed only on 26th of March 1979, 35 years ago this week, hints that the negotiations were long, arduous and at times seemingly hopeless.

The Israel State Archives (ISA) has been publishing the documentation of these negotiations for some time, here and here, for example. This week we published almost 70 new documents, some in English, from the final laps of the negotiations, between the run-up to the Camp David talks in summer 1978 to the agreement itself in spring 1979. Among the documents are notes written by Aharon Barak, in illegible Hebrew, when he was alone with President Carter and PM Begin in the room; not only have these notes never previously been published, but until last year no-one was ever able to decipher them. Before this publication Justice Barak deciphered them painstakingly for us, adding comment as he did so.

Hebrew readers are encouraged to download this publication as a free e-book, designed for use on tablets.



The site incorporates the data of the Israel national election studies and additional relevant information about elections in Israel and in comparative perspective.
As you surely know, election surveys in Israel have been carried out since 1969, and these data have been available to the scientific community in Israel and in the world since. The site includes a bibliography with publications relying on these data. If you have used these data in your work - or if you are familiar with other such publications missing from the list - we will be happy to update the bibliography accordingly.



Daily Alert Archives

Information on Israel's national security issues - filtered, sifted, and stored for easy retrieval - from the treasury of electronic content at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) has recently finished compiling a research database that provides a searchable archive of the center's Daily Alert publications. The Daily Alert is a publication that the center puts out every weekday to chronicle news articles from that day that pertain to Israel. The publication consists of a summary of each article and a link to the original source. The searchable archive dates back to 2002 and is free to use.  
The database can be accessed at or through the JCPA website:

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner ( offers open access to a fully-searchable and annotated archive of nearly 5,000 documents as well as research tools for organizing and sharing information. We cover a broad range of topics, and emphasize issues of culture and identity covering both North America, and Israel, for example, Israel Advocacy, Diaspora Relations, and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The collection, which includes primary sources such as original reports and studies as well as analysis and policy recommendations, continues to expand. Many of the materials have never been digitized before or are not available anywhere else online.

Visual Memory
The National Library of Israel

We invite you to embark on fascinating explorations of Palestine-Israel in the past 150 years. By means of this collection of photographic images, you can pay a visit to Jerusalem in the 19th century, Tel Aviv as it emerged over 100 years ago, the agricultural settlements of Palestine and the newly established State of Israel. You can follow in the footsteps of individuals, both famous and forgotten, witness cultural events and economic enterprises, archeological excavations and educational institutions. You can also become acquainted with the diverse cultures imported by the waves of immigration as well as local Arab culture. Countless experiences and revelations await you here, caught in the eye of the camera's lens.



The National Library of Israel

​The cultural impact of an election campaign is not registered in the annals of literature or art, but in ephemeral manifestations that attest to the mainstream nature of the event. These manifestations take the form of print, radio and television propaganda, and in more recent years, Internet propaganda. The materials preserved by the National Library and other partners in this project enable us to give the public a full, rich, and varied portrait of significant events in the Israeli national memory.

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