Saban Center for Middle East Policy

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Group.png Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Motto Charting the path to a Middle East at peace with itself and the world
Formation 2002
Type • research
• think tank
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Interests zionism
Wikipedia page Saban Center for Middle East Policy

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy is a research organization established at the Brookings Institution in 2002 through the donation of $13 million by the Israeli media-mogul Haim Saban. [1]

Its current director is the veteran pro-Israel lobbyist Martin Indyk, who had earlier founded the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an AIPAC spinoff, to counter the Brooking Institution which was seen as not pro-Israel enough.

Explaining his rationale behind the center, Saban told the New York Times:

"I've heard from leaders on both sides of the aisle in the United States and leaders in Europe about what Sharon shouldn't do, I haven't heard one educated suggestion about what he should do."[2]


  1. 'Saban Family Foundation Announces $100 Million in Charitable Gifts; Major Gifts Made To Research, Healthcare and Education Organizations In The U.S. and Israel', Business Wire, 23 June 2003
  2. Andrew Ross Sorkin, 'Schlepping to Moguldom', New York Times, 5 September 2004