Israeli National Institutions

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The National Institutions are quasi-governmental or para-statal institutions in Israel that have significant powers but which are also constituted in part by zionist organisations outside Israel. Each of the organisations pre-dated the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and they formed the core of the transnational zionist movement the main aim of which was to create a Jewish state in what was then British Mandate Palestine. After the creation of Israel in 1948 the Institutions remained active being assigned legal powers by the Israeli government as well as retaining branches and affiliates in many countries around the world.

They include the following organisations, all of which are based in the same building complex in Jerusalem:

Relations between the national institutions

The governance structure of the Jewish Agency[1]

Governing the Jewish Agency

The World Zionist Organization is allocated 50% of the votes on the governing bodies of the Jewish Agency. Keren Hayesod is allocated 20%. The US based JFNA/UIA has the remaining 30% of the votes - It is the US equivalent of Keren Hayesod which does not organise separately in the US.[1][2]

The National Institutions House, Jewish Agency building, 48 King George Street, Rehavia, Jerusalem. Date 3.8.07 Credit Rotem Danzig Wikimedia Commons

Governing the Jewish National Fund

In 1961, the KKL-JNF and the Israeli government signed a covenant which provided in part that the JNF 'shall continue to operate, as an independent agency of the World Zionist Organization... and the Government shall extend assistance to Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in informational and propaganda activities in Israel and abroad.[3]

Governing Keren Hayesod

Keren Hayesod’s Articles of Incorporation 'provide equal distribution of Members between the WZO and the Appeal Organizations.' The 'Appeal Organizations' are the nationally based affiliates of Keren Hayesod.[4][5]

Governing the World Zionist Organization

The WZO is made up of national Zionist federations, world unions and youth groups. It lists the other national institutions the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod and Jewish National Fund as 'partners'.[6]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Jewish Agency Jewish Agency Governance Structure. Accessed 16 February 2014.
  2. Jewish Agency Board of Governors, accessed 23 May 2008
  3. KKL-JNF - Israeli Government Covenant, KKL-JNF, accessed 9 August 2012.
  4. Keren Hayesod Board of Trustees. Accessed 16 February 2014.
  5. Keren Hayesod Board of Directors. Accessed 16 February 2014.
  6. WZO Partners. Accessed 15 February 2014.