BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre, is an independent research centre producing research and analysis about Israel and the Middle East. Our aim is to increase understanding of Israel and the Middle East in the UK. We believe in the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security and the right of the Palestinians to an independent state brought about through a negotiated agreement. We support a close relationship between Britain and Israel, based on shared values and interests. BICOM is funded through private UK philanthropy.