Foreign and regional security policy


Pro-Israel und antisemitisch – viele rechtsextreme Parteien in Europa scheinen darin keinen Widerspruch zu sehen. Im Zuge ihrer anti-muslimischen Propaganda geben sich Populisten wie Geert Wilders und Viktor Orban pro-Israelisch, während in den Reihen ihrer Parteien Antisemiten sitzen. Wo israelische Flaggen geschwenkt werden, kommt es zu Verharmlosungen des Holocaust. Ein Dilemma für die israelische Regierung, die ihre Beziehungen zu Europas Rechten in Anbetracht deren jüngster Erfolge und Relevanz nun neu überlegt. Die anstehenden Präsidentschaftswahlen in Frankreich verleihen dem Dilemma höchste Brisanz.



The Israeli leadership and public are not excited about the upcoming Paris Mideast peace summit on Sunday. What does the nearly unanimous skepticism mean for the viability of the two-state solution?


Trump wird einen Paradigmenwechsel in der amerikanischen Politik gegenüber dem Nahen Osten einleiten. Das ist für Israel keine positive Entwickung. 


Israel’s prime minister is fighting hard to weaken the most important moderate force in his country. Which is why he’s going to be a big problem for the next U.S. president. 

In the past few weeks Israelis and Palestinians are facing increased violence. What are the reasons behind this new round of escalation? Have a look at the short movie from our latest discussion.  

Those convinced that Israel should not have been created in the first place, are entitled to their opinion. They must come clean about seeking a post-Israel endgame. An essay by Prof. Dan Rabinowitz


This dossier highlights various aspects of change and continuity in U.S.- Israeli relations. The articles address the current diplomatic storm in U.S.-Israeli relations, the changes underway in the Jewish-American community, identity politics and approaches to diversity in the U.S. and Israel, as well as the successes and failures of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists.

On June 20, 2013, the Heinrich Böll Foundation Israel, the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue held the conference 20 Years since the Oslo Accords - Success and/or Failure?. In advance of a comprehensive publication of contributions, we are pleased to present this analysis by Dr. Ephraim Lavie on the early foundation of obstacles in the Oslo negotiation process.

During 50 days of the past summer, the ongoing conflict between the State of Israel and Hamas reached devastating new heights. With great loss of innocent life in Gaza and constant shelling of Israeli civilians, the consequences of the last war are far reaching, first of all for the people of Gaza, but also for all sectors of life inside Israel.
We asked our partners and friends to express freely their thoughts and ideas ranging from the international level to internal affairs, from journalistic report to their own account, and from practice to theory. The following is a compilation of their outputs, a dossier, and does not formally represent the official view of The Heinrich Böll Foundation Israel.
To read the views of our colleagues in Ramallah please visit the website of the HBS Palestine & Jordan


What we want

Our Foreign and Security Policy progam aims at broadening the traditional security discourse to include a human security approach which considers human rights as well as gender aspects. We provide space for NGOs, experts, media and government officials to debate ongoing regional and security policy developments and especially to develop strategies as well as opportunities for responding to or resolving diplomatic and security crises. By bringing Israeli peace and human rights NGOs together with Israeli decision makers and international policy makers, we also encourage the development of alternative political strategies which may  contribute to the Palestinian - Israeli conflict resolution process.

For more information please contact Kerstin Mueller