Creating Meaningful Connections
Fostering mutual understanding through personal engagement and dialogue on our VIP delegation tours across Israel
Building Strong Bonds
Formalizing partnerships that encourage peace, collaboration, and friendship between towns, regions and countries
Unity in Diversity
Our commitment to bridging divides, fostering unity, and inclusivity in Israel shines through our grassroots initiatives
Empowering Local Enterprises
Driving economic growth and prosperity to Israel's periphery by boosting the family run small businesses.
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Creating Meaningful Connections
Fostering mutual understanding through personal engagement and dialogue on our VIP delegation tours across Israel
Building Strong Bonds
Formalizing partnerships that encourage peace, collaboration, and friendship between towns, regions and countries
Unity in Diversity
Our commitment to bridging divides, fostering unity, and inclusivity in Israel shines through our grassroots initiatives
Empowering Local Enterprises
Driving economic growth and prosperity to Israel's periphery by connecting small businesses with potential investors for mutual growth
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Forging Stronger Connections to Israel for Genuine, Transformative Impact. 

The Heartland Initiative builds bridges and relationships through public diplomacy, EDUCATION, and SOCIAL IMPACT PROJECTS on a grassroots level between international mayors, philanthropists, business people, and other professionals to their counterparts within all the regions of Israel. Real impact comes when identifying mutual interests between these two parties and building lasting cooperation. Our mission is to both strengthen Israel and the connections to it. 

THE HEARTLAND INITIATIVE BUILDS BRIDGES AND RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH PUBLIC DIPLOMACY, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL IMPACT PROJECTS ON A GRASSROOTS LEVEL BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL MAYORS, PHILANTHROPISTS, BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS TO THEIR COUNTERPARTS WITHIN ALL THE REGIONS OF ISRAEL. REAL IMPACT COMES WHEN IDENTIFYING MUTUAL INTERESTS BETWEEN THESE TWO PARTIES AND BUILDING LASTING COOPERATION. OUR MISSION IS TO BOTH STRENGTHEN ISRAEL AND THE CONNECTIONS TO IT. 

leadership.
gedaliah blum

heartland initiative team.

heartland initiative team.

Ms. Ghazal Daher
Junior coordinator
Druze affairs

Ms. Aynur Bashirova
Coordinator
European and Asian Desk

Ms. Angelica Peñuela Rodríguez
Junior Coordinator
Central & South American Desk

Ms. Tanya Ajzenstein
International Desk

Mr. Henry Doha
Coordinator
Israeli Arab & Christian Desk

Ms. Ghazal Daher
Junior coordinator
Druze affairs

Ms. Maya Levinson
PR & Communications
North American Desk

Dr. Jelena Soldatovic
European Desk

Mrs. Elizabeth Kincaid
Senior Coordinator for our Indigenous desk & North American Desk

Ms. Aynur Bashirova
Coordinator
European and Asian Desk

SENIOR ADVISORS.

LT. Col. IDF (RES.)
Dr. Mordechai Kedar

researcher at the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University

Pedram Bral, MD
Mayor of the Village of Great Neck, NY

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum
Deputy Mayor of Israel’s Capital of Jerusalem

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
Lawyer, President of Israel Law Center

Brigadier General IDF (Ret.) Amir Avivi
Founder and CEO of IDSF – Israel Defense And Security Forum

Mr. Dumisani Washington
Founder, CEO of Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI)

Wael Mugrabi
mayor of Ein Qiniyya, Druze town in the golan heights

endorsements.

who should contact us?
international mayors, philanthropists, business people, and other professionals who seek close ties and cooperation with their counterparts within Israel’s heartland.