Prime Minister's Office Statement on Turkish Parliament Decision

 

 

Israel welcomes the Turkish Parliament's decision to approve the deal recently concluded by the two governments and looks forward to the next steps of its implementation, including the return of our respective ambassadors.

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TEL AVIV NOTES: "The 'Trust and Reform' Party: New Arab Politics in Israel?" - June 16, 2016

 
Arik Rudnitzky, the Project Manager for Tel Aviv University's Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, explains the background of the founders of a new political party in Israel and what the party means for Arab politics in Israel.
 
 
 

On April 11, 2016, an important event took place in the sphere of Arab politics in Israel. A new political party, “Trust and Reform” (al-wafaaʾ wal-islah) was established, led by Shaykh Hussam Abu Leil, an Imam from the community of Ayn Mahel, adjacent to Nazareth. The announcement aroused great public and media interest in the Arab sector, despite taking place between election cycles. Neither general elections for the Knesset nor elections for local councils are on the horizon. What drew attention to the announcement was the identity of the new party’s founders.

The five members of the party’s founding committee are identified with the northern faction of the Islamic Movement (IM) in Israel, which espouses dogmatic ideas about the Israeli establishment and Israeli society and consistently refrained from taking part in Israeli politics. Abu Leil is a senior figure in the IM, and is considered “number three” among its top leadership, after Shaykh Raed Salah and Shaykh Kamal Khatib. Professor Ibrahim Abu Jaber and Dr. Hasan Sunʿallah, are senior researchers at the Center for Contemporary Studies (markaz al-dirasat al-muʿaasirah – an institute established in 1988, and based in Umm al-Fahm, that is identified with the northern faction of the IM. Mohammed Subhi Jabareen, who will be deputy head of the party, is a lawyer and was a member of the Umm al-Fahm city council from 2004 to 2014; Hiba ʿAwawdy, from Kufr Kana, has a Master’s degree in pedagogy from Hebrew University and is the wife of Dr. Yusuf ʿAwawdy, the head of foreign relations for the northern faction of the IM. The identities of the party’s founders, and the fact that the party was established less than six months after the Israeli government outlawed the northern faction of the IM, have led the media and analysts to raise the question of whether “Trust and Reform” is a new Islamist political party.

The party’s founders emphasized that the party is completely independent, not linked to the northern faction of the IM and not intended to replace it. A detailed policy agenda has not been officially published, but Jabareen outlined the party’s principles and goals on the day the party’s establishment was announced. He clarified that the Palestinians in the “interior” [referring to Israel’s Arab citizens] are an inseparable part of the Palestinian people (al-shaʾb al-filastini) and the Arab and Islamic umma(nation - al-umma al-ʿarabiyah wal-islamiyah). He added that the party advocates the principles of liberty, justice, and respect for political and religious pluralism in Arab society, and views the al-Aqsa Mosque compound as belonging exclusively to Muslims. The party’s goal is to strengthen the identity and national attributes of the Arab public, to emphasize the standing of the Arab language as a fundamental principle of identity, and to strengthen the standing of women in Arab society. Jabareen pointed out that one of the party’s founders was a woman and that she was a source of pride for the party.[1]

The party’s founders stress that the principal reason for its establishment was the feeling that the existing political parties do not provide an appropriate response to the real problems facing the Arab public: “Arab society suffers from many afflictions,” explained Abu Leil, adding that “until now, everyone talks about the disease but no one talks about the cure or the solution. First and foremost, negative trends like violence, weapons, and drugs should be uprooted.” The party’s name suggests the rationale for its establishment. The expression al-wafaaʾ means loyalty to a promise and the obligation to fulfill it. The promise of the party is to work honestly to bring about social change and to reform the Arab public in Israel. The party defines itself as “non-parliamentarian,” and therefore at this stage does not intend to participate in elections to Knesset or to the local councils, but rather to focus its activities on Arab youth.

Despite declarations that there is no connection to the IM, one can hardly ignore the connection between the party’s founders and their ties to the IM. The party’s “bottom-up” strategy, focusing on fundamental social problems and non-participation in electoral politics, are the hallmarks of the northern branch of the IM.

Since its establishment, the party has issued three public declarations, all of which were published on the internet site identified with the Islamic Movement, www.pls48.net. The first declaration (April 19) condemned the decision of the court to sentence Shaykh Raed Salah to nine months in prison.[2] The second (April 21) included the declaration that the al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic heritage site;[3] it was only in the party’s third communique (April 23) that it outlined its guiding principles, including a condemnation of the wave of violence spreading in Arab society, in light of the murder of two citizens of Umm al-Fahm, who had been engaged in a personal feud.[4]

In October 2015, www.pls48.net published detailed position papers on behalf of Shaykh Salah on four key issues: 1) Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque; 2) education, values, and morals; 3) the political path of the IM; and 4) religion and fatwas.[5] Salah retained the IM’s view that there will be a future Islamic Caliphate in the region, and outlined the three basic principles that guide the Islamic Movement: empowering the Arab public as a whole; broad societal cooperation in fashioning policy, including an openness to criticism; and adopting wasatiyya (“the middle path”) with respect to religious law.[6] Salah clarified that the northern faction of the IM is not glued to a dogmatic approach, but attentive to the mainstream Arab public in all of its diversity.

These developments strengthened the assumption that the “Trust and Reform” party was rooted in Salah’s thinking. Indeed, some in the Arab public identify the new party as “the Islamic Movement in a civil framework,” a “new version of the Islamic Movement that was outlawed.”[7] However, the internal discussion in the northern faction about establishing a political party had in fact began a year earlier, and there was no connection between the establishment of the new party and the IM’s ban. Ibrahim Khatib, a former researcher at the Center for Contemporary Studies, explained that the new party “heralds a change in political operations, and especially those based on the Islamic dimension.” One of the challenges facing the party will be “to instill the wasatiyya in the Islamic discourse as a way to deal with the political differences that exist in our society.”[8] These comments are consistent with Salah’s statements in mid-November 2015, just a few days before the northern faction of the IM was outlawed. He admitted that the question of establishing a political party on behalf of the IM was under internal discussion and not yet decided. The establishment of such a party, he stressed, was likely to come at the expense of taking part in elections to the Knesset, which Salah views as totally unacceptable, from both the Islamist and Palestinian-national points of view.[9] Salah’s position is similar to that of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan, and to the Islamic movements in Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia. In these states, the Islamic movements established political parties with a milder discourse than the dogmatic discourse of the movement. However, intellectuals close to the northern faction reject these comparisons, and claim that the new party is not an alternative to the IM, does not operate on its behalf, and is not presenting a challenge to the leadership of Raed Salah. Furthermore, the new party entirely rejects the government’s decision to ban the IM.

What is it then, if the new party is not an “Islamic party” and not even a new “Islamic movement”? Asʿad Ghanem and Mohanad Mustafa’s definition of “Islamic activism” may provide an answer.[10] They argue that “Islamic activism” tries to find a balance between traditional society subjected to the destabilizing influence of modernization on the one hand, and the failure of national movements on the other. Islamic activists want to establish a movement for effective Islamic change in the present while relying on Islamic values of the past. This approach combines dogmatism and flexibility, and adapts itself to the challenges of the external environment at both the local and regional levels.

The Islamic current in Israel is influenced not only by the Palestinian national movement – which has been in a crisis for more than decade – but to a great extent influenced even more by other forces in Arab society, like the "Arab Spring" and its aftermath, which introduced new Islamist movements in Syria and Iraq, such as the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusrah. It is too early to conclusively define the “Trust and Reform” party, which is still in the process of establishing itself. Nevertheless, it can said that the establishment of this new party expresses the intentions of the IM to reassess its path, particularly in the social and political fields.


Arik Rudnitzky is the Project Manager of the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperationand a Junior Researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC)Tel Aviv University.


[1] Taha Aghbariya, “Advocate Muhammed Subhi Jabareen, Deputy Head of the ‘Trust and Reform’ Party”: The doors of the party are open to every group and sector of our people,” www.pls48.net[Arabic], April 12, 2016.

[6] This doctrine, which was designed in the 1990s and is associated with Egyptian Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, combines adherence to the principles of Islamic religious law with flexibility, according to changing societal conditions.

[7] Wadiʾ ʿAwawdy, “An Islamic Movement – in a civil framework?,” www.arab48.com [Arabic], April 11, 2016.

[8] Ibrahim Khatib, “‘Trust and Reform’: Path of suffering and hope,” www.pls48.net [Arabic], April 13, 2016.

[10] As'ad Ghanem and Mohanad Mustafa, “Explaining Political Islam: The Transformation of Palestinian Islamic Movements,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 41:4 (2014), pp. 335-354.

 
  
 
Photo  Shaykh Hussam Abu Leil/Source: www.pls48.net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Mitvim Institute and GPoT Center July 2016
 
 
 
 
 
On June 27th, Israel and Turkey officially announced that they have reached a rapprochement deal, ending the diplomatic crisis between them.
 
 
A couple of days earlier, just as Israeli-Turkey negotiations were reaching their conclusion, Mitvim Institute and GPoT Center experts met in Istanbul for their 7th policy dialogue, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
 
 
The dialogue was participated by Member of Knesset Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union) and Dr. Mesut Özcan from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who made a unique joint public appearance.
 
 
Discussions focused on producing recommendations for a successful reconciliation process, and on mapping possible implications of the Israel-Turkey deal on regional dynamics, the Gaza Strip, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 
 
 
Following the meeting in Istanbul, the Mitvim Institute and GPoT Center have published a joint policy brief, "Policy Recommendations for Israel-Turkey Reconciliation," which delineates a number of steps that both countries should take in order to ensure a successful reconciliation process.
 
 
The Mitvim Institute and GPoT Center have been working since 2012 to advance Israel-Turkey relations. Read here our joint activity summary.
 
 
For more information about the policy dialogue in Istanbul:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dr. Nimrod Goren,
 
Head of the Institute  Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
 
11 Tuval St., Ramat Gan 525226, Israel
 
+972-52-4733613
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken & Former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger to Participate in 2016 Herzliya Conference

 

Majority of Israeli Ministers and Opposition Leaders to address the Conference which takes place June 14th-16th

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken has confirmed he will address the 16th annual Herzliya Conference. The event will be held June 14th-16th.   


This year, the first day of the Conference, June 14th, will be held at the residence of the President of Israel where President Reuven Rivlin will discuss the continuation of the Tikva (Hope) project, a joint venture with the Institute for Policy & Strategy, which was announced at last year’s Conference.


The Conference will continue on June 15th & 16th on IDC Herzliya campus.

 


On the evening of June 15th, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, will address the Conference and be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from IDC Herzliya.

 


Among the international speakers scheduled to address the conference: Amb. Edward Djerejain - Former US Amb. to Syria & Israel, Jay Footlik – Former Special Assistant to U.S. President Bill Clinton, Jane Harman – U.S. Democratic party leader, Bernard Henri Levy – French author and intellectual, Mike Huckabee – Republican party leader & former Arkansas Governor, Jan Jambon – Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Interior Affairs of Belgium, Amb. Daniel Kurtzer – Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel, Amb. Ronald Lauder – President of the World Jewish Congress, Amb. Dan Shapiro – U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Witold Waszczykowski – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

 


The majority of ministers from the Israeli Government, key members of the opposition as well as other leading figures are scheduled to address the conference including:  Ehud Barak - Former Israeli Prime Minister, MKNaftali Bennett – Minister of Education, H.E. Danny Danon – Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, MK Aryeh Deri – Minister of the Interior, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel – Israeli Air Force Commander, MKGilad Erdan – Minister of Public Security & Strategic Affairs, MKYoav Galant – Construction & Housing Minister, MKZehava Gal-On – Chairman of the “Meretz” party, Amb. Dan Gillerman - Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Amb. Dore Gold – Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maj. Gen (Res.) Amos Gilad – Director of Policy & Political-Military Affairs of the Ministry of Defense, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi – Chief of Military Intelligence of the IDF, MK Isaac Herzog – Head of the Zionist Union & leader of the opposition, MKYisrael Katz – Minister of Transportation, MKYair Lapid – Chairman & Founder of the “Yesh Atid” party, MK Avigdor Lieberman – Minister of Defense, MKYaakov Litzman – Minister of Health, MKTzipi Livni – Zionist Union party & former Foreign Minister,  Judge Miriam Naor - President of the Supreme Court of Israel, MKAyman Odeh – Chairman of the “Joint List” party, Shimon Peres – Former Israeli President,  Amb. Ron Prosor – Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Shabtai Shavit – Former Head of the Mossad, Amb. Gabriella Shalev - Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations,MKYuval Steinitz – Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy & Water Resources, Moshe Ya’alon – former Minister of Defense.

 


Figures from the Arab world are also expected to participate.


From the financial world, both Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Chairperson of the Bank of Israel Karnit Flug will be speaking at the Conference along with top executives from AXA France, Bank Hapoalim, Bombardier, General Motors, JVP Cyber Labs, LionTree LLC, Medasense Biometrics, Moovit, Phillips Israel, Rothschild Group, SkyTran – Nasa Space Act, Teva & UBER.


The Conference will conclude with the “Herzliya Address” which has traditionally been reserved for remarks by the Israeli Prime Minister.

 


   

For a complete schedule and further updates log onto: www.herzliyaconference.org/eng


Schedule is subject to change.

 

 

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The Herzliya Conference is the flagship of the Institute of Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Lauder School of Government of IDC Herzliya. The Herzliya Conference addresses Israel’s national agenda by encouraging public debate and influencing the country’s public policy planning. This is achieved through convening Israeli and international elite policy makers, conducting cutting edge research, fostering a global network of contacts in a public forum by attracting the best and the brightest to take part in the conference and its discussions.   

 

 

 

 

 

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​PM Netanyahu: We face common challenges, the first of which is to defeat the forces of terror that rampage through the world and threaten both our countries. We must stand together in this battle, much as we work together to perfect the future.

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President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

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Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

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