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ELNET (European Leadership Network)

From the EU perspective, Iran’s regime is supporting terror groups throughout the region, plays a destructive role in Syria in support of the Assad regime, and commits gross violations of human rights against its own citizens. From Israel’s perspective, nothing poses a greater, comprehensive threat to its security than Iran. Iran also poses a grave threat to Sunni Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia.


One year after signing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear program is subject to the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The EU attributes paramount importance to the uninterrupted implementation of the agreement. Israel’s criticism of the JCPOA was clearly stated in advance. Now, Israel is a leading proponent for assuring every measure be taken to verify Iran’s strict adherence to the agreement. In addition, Israel adamantly supports pressure on Iran to cease its support of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and its accelerated development of ballistic missile capabilities in violation of the spirit of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.


ELNET fulfils its mission by engaging the European political elite and directing their attention to the implications for Europe of Iran’s regional hegemony strategy, including its sponsoring of terrorist entities, undermining Arab regimes, threatening and delegitimizing Israel, and developing ballistic missile capabilities capable of targeting Israel and Europe.  ELNET expedites and promotes ongoing strategic exchanges, briefings, and joint policy deliberations between senior European and Israeli officials on these issues.


There cannot be normalized, complete relations with Iran so long as Iran does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Angela Merkel Germany's Chancellor

Germany Says Iran Kept Trying to Get Nuclear Equipment After Deal, The Wall Street Journal


Iran's Support for Terrorism Under the JCPOA, The Washington Institute, Matthew Levitt


Iran is the main state sponsor of terror, US report finds, Independent, Samuel Osborne


Saudia Arabia and Iran: The Cold War of Islam, Der Spiegel, Susanne Koelbl, Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand


John Kerry Confronts Concerns of Arab States After Iran Nuclear Deal, The New York Times, David E. Sanger 


Bruno Tertrais: Iran – An Experiment in Strategic Risk-Taking, IISS, Dr. Bruno Tertrais, Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS); Member of the Forum of Strategic Dialogue (FSD) 


The Single Most Important Question to Ask About the Iran Deal, The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg


Iran and world powers announce historic nuclear dealHaaretz, Barak Ravid


Laurent Fabius, the 'bad cop' of the Iran negotiationsHaaretz, Anshel Pfeffer


France Takes Toughest Line at Iran Nuclear Talks, The Wall Street Journal