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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.

Visit of Arye Shalicar in Berlin


End of 2016, ELNET-Germany hosted Arye Shalicar, former spokesman of the Israeli army (IDF) as well as the head of the IDF spokesperson's Europe desk.


In a breakfast meeting Mr. Shalicar talked about his life in Berlin before he decided to immigrate to Israel and joined the army. He shared insights on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and gave his view on the geopolitical realities in the Middle East.


ELNET-Germany also organized a press meeting with representatives from Der Spiegel, BBC World, the German public broadcaster ARD and others. The guests were thankful for Arye Shalicar’s lively description of his past in Berlin and his brief description of the current situation in the Middle East. Being among peers, the discussion revolved also around media coverage of war zones and the media strategy of the IDF. The visit has been concluded by a dinner with representatives from politics and businesses. With a large audience having a political communication background, Arye Shalicar also spoke about the communication strategy of the army, the picture of Israel in the media and other related issues.

Visit of MK Merav Ben Ari in Berlin

Delegation Digital Agenda and Cultural Committee of German Bundestag

Delegation with political and business chief of staff to Israel

German Whitepaper presentation in Israel

The 4th Germany-Israel Strategic Forum, Jerusalem

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