Political Networks in the Immigration Field: The Power of NGOs against Government—an Israeli Case Study
This article examines the role of three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved with immigration in Israel. The research demonstrates that these NGOs have accumulated informal power in the political network. This approach includes several participants: the government—the most powerful
player—and Tel Aviv resident representatives, international human rights organizations, and Knesset members. Using networking and other legal means, these NGOs increase their power and put pressure on the government. The weakness of the Israeli authorities stems also from lack of clear governmental policy regarding the immigrant issue. The three NGOs in focus want human rights policy to be put into practice for the benefit of immigrants and foreign workers. This study concludes that these NGOs are increasing their power in the political network using the legal arena.