Income and education gaps within Israel are among the highest in the developed world. In addition, productivity gaps between developed countries and Israel are not only high, they have been increasing steadily since the 1970s. Many current policy decisions and much of the public debate in Israel are based on conventional wisdom – which is often incorrect – instead of actual facts. For the country to change course, identification of the root (shoresh) causes underlying Israel’s most severe challenges is essential. This requires state-of-the-art abilities to see the big picture, understand it, and disseminate it to others.
The need to satisfy this most basic national necessity has led some of Israel’s top researchers to establish the Shoresh institution. Its goal is to provide the country’s policy-makers and all those who care about Israel with reliable academic-level findings and evidence-based analyses in clear and accessible language. These are fundamental building blocks essential for enabling strategic perspectives and comprehensive systemic solutions.
The apolitical nature of the Shoresh Institution – which differs from the more common research center model of advocacy – makes it a unique and important source of impartial information. The experienced Shoresh team is a highly respected and trusted leader in its field, whose findings are cited by Israel’s top policy-makers spanning the political spectrum.