Green Movement (Israel)

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The Israel Green Movement
Leader Eran Ben-Yemini and Yael Cohen Paran (As of 2015)[1]
Founded 2008
Ideology Green politics[2][3]
Green Zionism[4][5]
Political position Center-left[6][7]
Seats in Knesset 0
Politics of Israel
Political parties

The Green Movement (Hebrew: התנועה הירוקה‎, HaTnuʿa HaYeruqa) is a social-environmental movement and political party in Israel.[8][9]


The movement was established in the summer 2008 by Eran Ben-Yemini and Alon Tal.[9] It formed a political party and ran a joint list with Meimad, a dovish religious party, for the 2009 elections after Meimad had ended its alliance with the Labor Party.[10] Meimad leader Michael Melchior headed its list and Ben-Yemini and Tal in second and third place, whilst former Shinui MK Meli Polishook-Bloch was also on its list in eleventh place.[11] In addition to the environment, the electoral slate's platform addressed issues of education, social democracy, religious pluralism, and co-existence.[9] The campaign downplayed religious issues and emphasized environmental questions.[12] The alliance failed to win any seats in the Knesset after failing to pass the election threshold, receiving the largest number of votes of any party not to do so.

It contested the 2013 elections in an alliance with Hatnuah. Party leader Alon Tal was given the 13th spot on the party list. However, Hatnuah only won 6 mandates.

Before 2015 elections, Tzipi Livni chose Green Movement co-chair Yael Cohen Paran for the 25th spot (reserved for Hatnuah members) on the joint Zionist Union list with Labor.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sharon Udasin (2015-01-25). "Environmentalist Yael Cohen Paran chosen for 24th spot on Labor-Hatnua list". The Jerusalem Post. 
  2. ^ Zafrir Rinat (May 19, 2008). "Weapons can't be green". Haaretz. Green party representatives from 88 countries, including three from Israel, gathered this month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the Second Global Greens Congress. ... Hadas Shachnai of the Green Party, who represented Israel along with Mosi Raz of Meretz and environmental activist Eran Binyamini. 
  3. ^ Zafrir Rinat (2 December 2012). "Israel's Green party primary descends into farce as rivals see red". Haaretz. The Green Movement has sought to represent a deep commitment to clean politics, direct democracy and social justice. It had created a precedent by electing two cochairs, a man and a woman, as is the practice in the German Green Party. 
  4. ^ Alon Tal (2002). Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel. University of California Press. p. 16-17. One must also be familiar with the many efforts and organizations that sought to make the Zionist pursuit a more gentle one for the land, resources, and creatures of Israel. ... If the ingenuity, determination, and emotional power of the Zionist dream is at the heart of Israeli environmental problems, it is also true that a newly modernized, environmentally sensitive Zionism has the power to solve them. The Zionist view of the natural world and how it was manifested in pre-State Israel, therefore, offers a natural starting point to begin Israel's environmental history. 
  5. ^ Alon Tal (2013). All the Trees of the Forest: Israel's Woodlands from the Bible to the Present. Yale University Press. 
  6. ^ Ehud Zion Waldoks (January 20, 2009). "Green Movement-Meimad to stress environmental issues in elections". Jerusalem Post. 
  7. ^ Four steps for rescuing Judaism and justice in Israel
  8. ^ Tom Lansford. Political Handbook of the World 2014. CQ Press. p. 702. Meimad contested the 2009 poll in alliance with the new Green Movement, a social-environmental party recently established under the leadership of Eran BEN-YAMINI and Al TAL. 
  9. ^ a b c "Vision for Israel". An Unofficial Blog of the Israel Green Movement. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  10. ^ Waldoks, Ehud Zion (2008-12-18). "Green Movement, Meimad run together". The Jerusalem Post. 
  11. ^ The Green Movement Meimad headed by Rabbi Michael Melchior and Eren Ben Yemini Knesset website (Hebrew)
  12. ^ Kalman Neuman. "New Politics, No Politics, and Antipolitics: The Dilemma of the Religious Right in Israel" (PDF). Israel Democracy Institute.