"The State of Israel… will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its residents"
- Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel

The Federation Movement advocates a new political approach, whereby the State of Israel, as a federal state standing for equality and modernity, will apply Israeli law to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), excluding Gaza. Alongside the application of Israeli law to the West Bank, all residents of the country will be recognized as citizens, enjoying equal rights guaranteed by the federal constitution. All residents will be able to exercise their religious and cultural rights within the framework of a regional system of governance, whereby the state will be divided into 30 cantons (regional governments), functioning under a central government. Each canton’s regional government will be elected by the local population and reflect its composition. Regional governments will be responsible for all aspects of governance, with the exception of security and foreign affairs, which will be managed by the central government in Jerusalem. This plan allows West Bank settlements to remain in place without the threat of international sanctions.


The Federation Program

  • Application of Israeli law to Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley (the West Bank)
  • Obtaining broad international consensus to leave settlements in place
  • Granting of Israeli citizenship and rights to Palestinian residents of the West Bank who are interested
  • Formulation of one single common constitution, accepted by the majority of Israelis as well as the Arabs of the West Bank
  • Formulation of a common vision for the federal state
  • Establishment of a federal government, and the division of the country into 30 cantons, 20 of which will have a Jewish majority and ten will have Arab majorities (one of which will have a Druze majority).
  • Establishment of an additional house of representatives in the Knesset: the Council of Cantons.
  • Foster reciprocal and collaborative relations between Jewish cantons and Arab and Palestinian cantons.
  • Economic and social reconstruction of refugee camps in the West Bank and Jerusalem and Bedouin settlements in the Negev
  • Obtain international recognition and support for the application of Israeli law in the West Bank, the granting of citizenship to West Bank Palestinians, and Israel’s transformation into a federal state
  • Promotion of joint economic developments with neighboring countries, primarily Jordan and Egypt
  • Maintaining the Gaza Strip as a separate entity.
  • The Jewish population will maintain its unique relationship with the Jewish diaspora, while the Arab population will develop similar reciprocal relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds. The Druze will enhance their special relationship with the Druze population in Syria and Lebanon.
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Movement Leadership

Emanuel Shahaf

Emanuel Shahaf / Co-Chairman

Former high ranking official of the Prime Minister's Office and the intelligence community,Vice Chairman, Israel-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce,Vice Chairman, Israeli-German Society

Shalom Kweller

Shalom Kweller / board member

former director of the Greater Baka Community Council in Jerusalem; Lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design; former lecturer at Hadassah Academic College and the Open University

Aryeh Hess

Aryeh Hess / Co-Chairman

former Director of the Zionist Council in Israel; Chairman of the Jerusalem Empowerment Movement; served in high ranking roles in the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization