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Poll: Most Israelis have a positive view of Jewish-Arab relations

A ‘Local Call’ poll shows a broad range of areas where Jews and Arabs see the benefits of cooperation. But that doesn’t mean Jewish Israelis are ready to let Arabs hold positions of power, namely joining the government. The surprising bit: most Arabs would support their parties joining an Israeli government.

By Dahlia Scheindlin

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New trends in human trafficking which exploit the asylum system in Israel

Since 2016 there has been a sharp rise in the number of Ukranians and Georgians applying for asylum in Israel. Data collected by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (HRM) shows that Israeli entities, including human resource companies, are involved in this rise by spreading mis-information in the the Ukraine and Georgia about the possibility of working legally in Israel. They charge large sums of money as agents’ fees, and they may also be involved, to varying degrees, in selling fake documentation.

Environment and Sustainability

A “Green New Deal“ for Israel?

Creating Political Will for Green and Progressive Policies in the Next Government of Israel - Interview with outgoing Knesset Member Dov Khenin, March 2019

By Elisheva Gilad

A New Paradigm for Plastics

By focusing environmental and public-health debates on the issue of waste-management, plastics producers have managed to conceal the elephant in the room. But governments and consumers can no longer ignore the fact that plastic is a problem at all stages of its life cycle – not just after it ends up in the ocean.

By Lili Fuhr

Smart Mobility: What Germany can learn from the “Start-Up Nation”

Since the early 2010s, Israel has been working diligently to position itself as a frontrunner for smarter and cleaner means of transportation. To that end, the Prime Minister’s Office launched the Fuel Choices Initiative in 2011, a governmental program for advancing alternative fuels and means of transportation. 

By Nathan Appleman

Gender and Democracy

Right-wing Parties in the 2019 Israeli Elections

The 2019 Israeli elections will be determined on the issue of how many right-wing parties pass the 3.25% threshold and what their relative strength will be vis-à-vis the left bloc. Who are the rightwing parties, how did the religious and ultra-religious parties become “the natural partners” of Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, and what is the subtle interplay between them in view of the 2019 elections?

By Gayil Talshir

Women, Security and Israeli Politics – Going Backwards

Based on international comparisons, Israel is in a 'good' spot in the middle. The number of women in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, reached a record high last year, but even then they accounted for only 30% of all Knesset Members (34 out of the 120 Knesset members). The first quarter of 2019 catches Israel at the height of an election campaign. However, it is already projected that following the elections the number of women Members of Knesset will be even lower. And, as everyone knows, the head count tells only part of the story.

By Anat Saragusti

National Elections 2019 – Status Report from the Perspective of the Arab Minority within the Israeli Citizenry

April 9, 2019, is the date set for elections to State of Israel’s 21st Knesset. These elections are important and challenging from many aspects, but this article will focus mainly on the perspective of the Arab minority within the Israeli citizenry. This group constitutes approximately one fifth of the state’s citizens and approximately 16.5% of eligible voters.

By Ameer Fakhoury

Foreign and regional security policy

Workshop „Gaza 2020 – What Kind of Future?“

Zehn Jahre nach dem Rückzug Israels und der gewaltsamen Machtübernahme durch die Hamas scheint die Lage im Gazastreifen aussichtsloser denn je. Mangelnde Energie- und Wasserversorgung, die hohe Arbeitslosigkeit, fehlende ökonomische Perspektiven und die autoritäre Herrschaft der Hamas untergraben die Hoffnungen der rund 1,8 Millionen EinwohnerInnen auf Entwicklung und Stabilität in dem Gebiet. Auch die wiederholten Gewaltausbrüche – zuletzt im Gazakreg 2014 – haben ihre Spuren hinterlassen und einen Großteil der Infrastruktur zerstört. Viele befürchten, dass es nur eine Frage der Zeit ist, bis sich die Lage weiter zuspitzt und zu einer neuen Welle der Gewalt führt.

By Lucia Heisterkamp

Netanyahu vs. the Generals

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. 

By Amir Tibon

German-Israeli Dialogue

German-Israeli Perspectives on Utopia

Between the 4th and 6th of December 2017, a group of authors from Israel and Germany will be gathering for the first major event after the opening of the Utopia Festival. During a closed workshop, the authors from both countries will lead a discussion on the theme of utopia / dystopia. Afterwards we invite the audience to two public podium discussions in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to get to know the authors, to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Two States - One State - No State?

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.  

Tough Love? The Future of U.S.-Israel Relations

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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.

Boell Panorama: Politics and analyses from Israel

(in deutscher Sprache)

Israel & Palestine

Newsletter: Politics and analyses from Israel

(in German)

 

Der Böll-Newsletter sammelt Berichte, Artikel und Analysen, die aus grüner Perspektive auf Themen rund um Israel und den Nahen Osten blicken und dabei insbesondere unsere Themenschwerpunkte Ökologie & Nachhaltigkeit, Gender & Demokratie, Internationales & Sicherheit sowie Deutsch-Israelischer Dialog.

 

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Welcome

The Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) is the German green foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. We are a non-profit organization striving to promote environmental justice and sustainable development, gender equality and human rights and to enhance democracy. In addition, we work to promote German-Israeli dialogue and seek to make a contribution in the fields of foreign and security policy. With headquarters in Berlin, Germany, the HBS has 30 offices worldwide and cooperates with local partners in more than 60 countries. 

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