The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has been operating in Israel since 1983 and established its Palestinian Desk in 1994. With an Israeli-Palestinian team in a joint office in Jerusalem the foundation aims to be a platform of innovation for enhancing freedom in society, strengthening dialogue with the European Union and contribute to the advancement of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue leading towards peace. Together with our partners, we want to strengthen liberal core values like the rule of law and democracy, the respect of human dignity with civil and human rights, market economy principles and entrepreneurship and a democratic culture of tolerance and pluralism.
Elections in Israel: End time for „King Bibi“
A week before elections, Israeli views on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain divided. A repeated stalemate could result in a fifth elections within two years. Nevertheless, the end of Netanyahu's time in power is near - while a liberal center is stabilizing under Yesh Atid. Analysis by our Israel expert Julius von Freytag-Loringhoven.
“Vaccination Nation“ Israel – A Role Model for Germany?
With over 100,000 vaccinations on Thursday with more than 4.6 Million people in Israel, half the country is vaccinated. Over 35% of the population already received their immunizing second dose. After the astonishment over the Israeli Start-Up boom of the last two decades, the international community awaits the “secret recipe” of the Israeli vaccination-miracle.
Israel One to Four: 1 Deadlock, 2 Years, 3 Lockdowns, 4 Elections
On the night of the 22nd of December 2020, the Knesset (Israeli parliament) disbanded, sending Israel to early elections only 9 months after its last. This will be the fourth round of Israeli elections in just two years, and according to current polls even a fifth round might be around the corner.
Israel-Turkey Relations Are Not Only About Erdoğan and Netanyahu
2020 raised hopes that Israel and Turkey may be on their way to improve ties, despite policy differences and lack of trust. “Turkey wants better ties with Israel”, said Turkey’s President, raising speculations that the countries may send back ambassadors to each other’s capitals before too long. This will be a positive development, but Israelis and Turks should not let the fate of their countries’ relations be dependent only on their leaders’ will.
Palestinian National Dialogue in Cairo Ahead of Upcoming Elections
The Palestinian National Dialogue sessions kicked off today in Cairo under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. The meetings held today focus on various necessary procedures for holding the upcoming legislative and presidential elections and how to end the long lasting national division between West Bank and Gaza, Fatah and Hamas.
Female Forward - Three Outstanding Women Sharing Their Experience
We are honored to present to you the voices of three outstanding women from our FNF Alumni network. Former Minister of Health Yael German, Arab entrepreneur Bissan Salman & and journalist Nitzan Senior Shneor. The three women share their experience and advice with young female leaders on how to best pursue their goals and how to succeed despite the many hurdles along the way.
Repositioning in Rabat, Joy in Jerusalem
Big news in the Middle East and North Africa. U.S. President Donald Trump announced yesterday that Morocco and Israel will establish diplomatic relations. In return, the U.S. will recognize Morocco's claims over the Western Sahara. Our heads of office in Rabat and Jerusalem analyse what the events mean - for the two countries and the balance of power in the region.