Political Foundations

Public foundations, particularly political party foundations, are active in Israel.

Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation has been the first German political foundation to be officially represented in Israel with an office there since 1978. Its first projects were conducted with partners from the organisation of trade unions, Histadrut, and with Israeli Social Democrat representatives. Since then, the Israeli FES has extended its work to include a wide spectrum of topics, such as youth research, gender studies, conflict studies, and democracy theory. The Israel office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation works closely with many partner institutions in Israel.

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNS)

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has been active in Israel since 1983. The educational events that the Foundation and its partners offer, comprise the classic liberal topics of individual freedom and democracy, rule of law, market economy, and human rights. These topics are related to current issues in the Middle East conflict and internal societal problems. The FNS offers Israeli students and graduates participation in its scholarship programme.

Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (HSS)

The activities of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Israel and the Palestinian territories focus on strengthening minorities and socially marginalised groups and on stimulating citizen-oriented governance. The HSS’s work comprises, among others, seminars, courses, discussion days, subject-specific training, further and advanced training for teachers, and citizen activities. Its partners are limited to NGOs, for example, Shatil in Israel and Al Muntada in the Palestinian autonomous regions.

Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBS)

The Israel Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Tel Aviv began its work in the spring of 1998. It focuses primarily on environment protection, sustainable development, gender issues and democracy, foreign and security policy, and German-Israeli dialogue. In Israel, the Foundation collaborates with a multitude of different cooperation partners, NGOs, academic institutions, decision making bodies, and other actors (see also the self-presentation of the Foundation's Israel office.

Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has been active in Israel since 1980. It focuses on strengthening democracy and the rule of law in Israel, the peaceful co-existence between Israel and its neighbours, and between the various population groups within Israel. In addition the maintenance and deepening of relations between Germany and Israel are increasingly extended to the Israeli-European dimension.

The KAS collaborates with universities and researchers from Germany and Israel in all these focus areas.The cooperation of the KAS with the Netanya Academic College, the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University, and the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies is specifically dedicated to the development of a peaceful co-existence in the Middle East. Since 2004, the KAS, in conjunction with the University of Tel Aviv, has maintained the Konrad Adenauer programme for Jewish-Arab Collaboration (KAP). With the Ben Gurion University’s Center for Bedouin Studies and Development in Beer Sheva, the KAS researches and supports the integration of Bedouins into Israel’s modern society. KAS, in co-operation with the Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva and the local Adenauer division for the Study of European Politics and Society, also organises conferences and workshops on the future of Israeli European relations. The Helmut Kohl Institute for European Studies’ close collaboration with the Hebrew University also helps deepen Israeli-European understanding.  

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS)
Since 2001, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Israel has collaborated with project partners there and opened an office in Tel Aviv in March 2009. The Foundation focuses primarily on supporting civil society’s democratic components. Its regional target groups and partners are socially engaged groups and civil society organisations, youth and women, trade unions, and educational associations affiliated with trade unions. Tertiary institutions, academic, and student groups are also project and cooperation partners.