WHO WE ARE?
PNIMA is an Israeli movement established in 2015 by public figures and leaders from across the social spectrum in order to address the rifts and polarization in Israeli society.
The cost of the rifts and polarization in Israeli society
The lack of cohesion and deepening social rifts constitute a real threat to Israel’s resilience. This lack of social cohesion has a tremendous impact both on the quality of life of Israeli citizens and on society’s ability to cope with the challenges it is facing. Political instability, a decline of trust in institutions and among different communities, low civic participation and wasted national resources are just some of the outcomes of the current situation.
the social rifts originate?
We do not share a common narrative. Existential anxieties are the main glue among all Israel’s communities and “tribes”. The shared spaces are limited and politics serves the interests of particular communities rather than of the nation as a whole. Distrust fosters extremist attitudes and we refrain from formulating in-depth, comprehensive, long-term solutions.
The Israeli challenge
Israel is a miracle. Alongside many successes, it is coping with profound burnout when it comes to trust and social cohesion. In an in-depth study conducted by the OECD over a 25-year period, Israel is ranked 28th out of 34 countries for the parameters of social cohesion and resilience. On the one hand, Israeli society is typically intolerant of the ‘other’, distrusts the political and social institutions, and has a poor perception of decency. On the other hand, Israel ranks very highly in the parameters of the quality and quantity of social ties and national identification.
We aspire to a socially cohesive and resilient Israeli society based on solidarity, and hope in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence:
“The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
PNIMA is working to create an Israeli ethos that is, indeed, based on solidarity, tikkun and hope by way of shared solutions to the core issues that are harming and dividing Israeli society.
The house of solutions – together we build policy solutions to core social issues. Through research, and broad partnerships as an ideational foundation, we are creating these solutions that can promote an Israeli ethos and enhance social resilience. We are working in the public domain to have these solutions adopted by decision makers and then executed according to our guidelines.
Public awareness – We are constructing a shared story for all of Israeli society. By creating an ideational foundation and a clear ideological infrastructure, we are promoting a cohesive society based on shared values.
Executive board and partners
Its members constitute a true mosaic of Israeli society - their partnership is the secret of the movement’s success.