Forum 15 is an association of Israel’s fifteen self-government cities, whose municipalities are fiscally autonomous and not dependent on national balancing or development grants.
The Forum’s founding cities are: Ashdod, Beer Sheva, Giv’atayim, Herzliya, Hadera, Holon, Haifa, Kfar Saba, Netanya, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion, Rehovot, Ramat Gan, Ra’anana and Tel Aviv-Yafo.
The forum represents most of Israel's major cities, including the metropolitan centers of Haifa, Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva. These cities are home to over 3 million people (about 40% of Israel’s population). In addition, another large part of Israel’s population is using the cities’ urban services on a daily basis. Thus, the population served by the cities of the forum every day amounts to more than 80% of Israel’s population.
Forum 15’s cities are home to many institutions of national importance, including academic centers, cultural institutions, advanced industry and high technology centers, medical facilities, etc. These institutions are aided, in part, by the municipalities.
The vast amount of people served by these cities, as well as the cities’ national roles, put them in the forefront of Israel’s challenges. These challenges range from economic development and employment opportunities to R&D, health, education, culture, transportation, environment, sanitation, infrastructure development, urban planning, welfare situations, immigration, and more.
In the face of these challenges and straits, and despite the lack of national funding, Forum 15’s cities have become in recent years an island of stability and success in the local arena.
Chairman of Forum 15 - Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Director General of Forum 15 - Adv. Eitan Atia.