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ELNET (European Leadership Network)

Germany is the EU's largest economy, most populous nation and an extremely influential voice within European institutions. Germany is also an important global player with the fourth largest economy in the world (by nominal GDP).


Germany is considered Israel's closest ally after the U.S. based on shared democratic values and common interests. The painful and complex history of relations between the Jewish people and Germany continues to profoundly impact the political ties between Israel and Germany. However, German sympathy for Israel is eroding with the generational change and critique of Israeli actions vis-à-vis the Palestinians, even from leaders of major political parties.  More...


The strength of German-Israeli relations is demonstrated by their national defense, intelligence and economic cooperation. Israeli security has been a fundamental pillar of German foreign policy since Konrad Adenauer's initial tenure as Chancellor. Currently Germany relies on Israeli companies for its drone needs and Germany is in the process of supplying Israel with six strategically vital Dolphin submarines for approximately $3 billion, with Germany covering a third of the cost. Cooperation extends to numerous Defense and Homeland Security R&D projects as well as science and technology. In addition, Germany is Israel's largest trade partner within the EU; Israeli imports from Germany amounted to some $4.6 billion in 2011, while exports to Germany amounted to about $1.9 billion. Bilateral trade, investment and industrial cooperation contribute significantly to the German and Israeli economies.


Ties between the two countries have a significant influence over Israel's greater relationship with Europe. Germany, as a member of the P5+1, plays a central role in negotiations with Iran and economic sanctions against the state. Berlin successfully pushed to include Hezbollah's military wing on the EU’s list of terrorist organizations. Germany also advocates in favor of expanded Israeli access to the European community market, sponsoring a number of agreements between the EU and Israel.


Germany has been working with Israel "shoulder to shoulder" over the past five decades to secure the future of the state of Israel…Part and parcel of the security of Israel is the two state solution...a Jewish state of Israel and alongside it a Palestinian state.
Angela Merkel Germany's Chancellor





Since 2012, ELNET has been engaged in individual meetings with over one hundred senior political leaders, policy experts, top journalists, and other influential figures in German society to bring common strategic goals to the surface that will redefine and strengthen the Germany-Israel relationship. Since the beginning of 2014 ELNET has been operating an office in Berlin with two full-time experienced employees. ELNET-Germany is a registered E.V. Its mission is to work across the entire political spectrum to foster and develop Germany-Israel relations. Its activities include strategic meetings, educational seminars, and delegations in both Germany and Israel.

The 4th Germany-Israel Strategic Forum, Jerusalem


ELNET-Germany, the Forum of Strategic Dialogue (FSD) and the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) organized the 4th Germany-Israel Strategic Forum which was held September 13-15, 2016 in Jerusalem. This year’s conference was entitled, “Growing Instability in the MENA-Region and in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities for Israel and Germany.”  Together with BAKS, ELNET-Germany brought 16 German decision makers and professionals to the conference to discuss current foreign policy and security policy with their Israeli counterparts. For detailed information, click here for the report in German on the BAKS website.

Josef Janning, Head of Berlin Office & Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR, Amb. Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Regional Director for the Near and Middle East and the Maghreb, Federal Foreign Office, Amb. Jeremy Issacharoff, Vice Director General, Head of Multilateral Affairs Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Dr. Clemens von Goetze, German Ambassador to Israel (f.l.t.r.).

Lunch Briefing with Former Foreign Affairs Minister MK Tzipi Livni

at the Munich Security Conference 2016

ELNET hosts a young multi-party delegation in February 2016