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.
Israel's Bennett-Lapid Government is a Victory for Democracy
The new and most ideologically diverse government in the history of Israel does not raise high expectations. It seems neither Left nor Right expect paradise from a coalition built on so much compromise. Yet to the polarized political climate of recent years, this is revolutionary. Only a month ago Israel faced one of the worst eruptions of communal violence in years.
The Illusion of Peace without the Palestinians Is Fading
Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and the Islamic Jihad so far holds after more than 4,000 rockets at Israel, with 12 dead, according to Israeli sources, and Israeli air strikes on more than 800 targets in the Gaza Strip, with more than 240 dead, according to Palestinian sources. Military experts believe that Israel achieved in one week as many tactical objectives in Gaza with targeted air strikes, as it did in seven weeks of a costly ground offensive in 2014.
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.
Call for Palestine Desk Coordinator
We are looking for our next Palestine Desk Coordinator at the FNF Jerusalem office. For our Israeli-Palestinian team in Jerusalem we need a coordinator for managing our activities in the Palestinian Territories, analyzing political and social trends and advancing Israeli-Palestinian dialogue leading towards peace.
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.