With its first delegation in 2016, ELNET-Germany approached primarily younger MPs who have recently entered German Bundestag or local state parliaments. The delegation included two members from federal state parliaments who have high potential of becoming future political leaders and four members from the German Bundestag.
The parliamentarians from the parties the Greens/Alliance 90, SPD and CDU/CSU went on an intriguing tailor-made five-day trip getting to know people from politics, economics and society. On the top of all the political meetings – amongst them briefings with Israeli politicians in the Knesset and Palestinian politicians in Ramallah – the parliamentarians also got insights in the co-existence of Israelis and Arabs.
On a unique walking tour through Jaffa the politicians met with Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, co-Executive Director of the Abraham Fund, and Ali Waked, Director of the Youth Center Yefet 83, who showed how Arab and Jewish Israelis could live together. One of the highlights was a cooking event with Tom Franz, the winner of the widely broadcasted Israeli cooking competition Master Chef, who told ELNET and its guests not only about his way from a German law student to an Israel-devoted self-made cook, but also about Israeli culture and traditions.
Besides that, the parliamentarians have once again been impressed by Kevin Baxpehler, the head of the ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG office in Israel, who informed the delegation on the immense high-tech advancement and vivid start-up scene of Israel.