Environmental issues have always been of central importance to the Greens and to the Heinrich Boell Stiftung. Equally important, has been the connections and links made to social and economic issues, creating a holistic vision of society and sustainability. Our work therefore in Israel focuses on climate and energy policy, green economy and smart growth, urban resilience and sustainable communities. We and our partners work with decision makers on the local and national levels in the areas of advocacy, policy development, capacity building and environmental innovation. The foundation supports a variety of Israeli environmental and social organizations, which over the last decade, strive to have a growing impact on policy and society.
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.
Our Gender and Democracy program seeks to enhance a comprehensive democracy that provides an inclusive, participatory system that ensures full civil and human rights. Realizing that gender is a fundamental factor in shaping societies, we try to promote a political culture that prioritizes Gender Democracy values and practices on all levels.
Had there not been so many political storylines in the news avalanche ahead of Israel’s second general election in 2019, one might have been inclined to see it as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last straw: On September 3, two weeks before the voters again went to the polling stations, Netanyahu went public with the allegation that had it not been for widespread voter fraud in Israeli-Arab communities in the April election, his right-wing coalition would have passed the 61-seat threshold needed to gain a majority in the Knesset.
Between triumph and failure lay only six weeks: On the night of April 9, 2019, Benjamin Netanyahu was celebrating with his followers as the shining winner of the Israeli parliamentary election. Once again, Netanyahu seemed to have made it, despite allegations of corruption and a broad-based opposition campaign against the continuation of the Israeli Prime Minister's right-wing coalition. On May 30, however, Netanyahu had to admit his failure – he had failed to forge a viable coalition within the six-week deadline. In order to prevent the Israeli president from giving the opposition candidate the task of forming a government, the newly established Israeli parliament (the 21st Knesset) dissolved in a Likud led maneuver just before Netanyahu’s deadline and voted for new elections on September 17, 2019.
In the Regional and Security Policy program, our focus is on developing alternative political options and strategies that will contribute to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict resolution process. In addition, we work to contribute to the development a comprehensive regional security strategy for Israel.
The recent annual conference of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), an umbrella organization of over 100 civil society organizations working on Israeli-Palestinian peace-building, offers a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the doings of this community and reflect on the way forward for civil society in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian peace-building efforts.
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.
The German-Israeli dialogue Program is set up to contribute to a strong German-Israeli relationship that is based on a realistic perception and mutual understanding of the past as well as present. It works towards the benefit of shared democratic values in both countries, bringing together opinion leaders from Israel and Germany from the fields of politics, academia and the media, civil society and art. The activities (conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, festivals, publications) are conducted to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges both countries face as modern societies and nation states, such as dealing with citizenship and belonging in a multicultural society. Moreover it aims to identify elements from experiences of reconciliation and conflict resolution from Europe for possible joint contributions to local conflict resolution
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.