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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 $4.1 billion in 2016, while exports to Germany amounted to about $1.5 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, and employs now four 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.


Yong Leadership Delegation to Israel, June 16-20, 2018

ELNET-Germany celebrates 70 years of Israel – Yom Ha’atzmaut 2018

The 5th Germany-Israel Strategic Forum, Berlin

Journalist Delegation November 5-9, 2017 in Israel

Alumni Event - Nestfest September 19, 2017 in Berlin

Young Leaders Israeli Cooking Evening in Berlin, July 2017

FC Bundestag Delegation visits Israel with ELNET-Germany and plays against a team of Knesset members in June 2017

The German Committee in Internal Affairs visits Israel and Ramallah with ELNET-Germany from 11-15 June, 2017

MK Amir Ohana visits Berlin with ELNET-Germany end of April 2017

Lunch Discussion with Amos Gilad Former Director of the Political Military and Policy Bureau of the Israel Ministry of Defense at the Munich Security Conference 2017


In 2017 ELNET-Germany presented former Director of the Political Military and Policy Bureau of the Israel Ministry of Defence, Amos Gilead on the Munich Security Conference (MSC). In a lunch briefing on “Terrorism at Home: Challenges and Opportunities for Israel and Europe” he explained the Israeli threat environment and its impact on the broader regional security environment. The audience was especially interested in the Israeli approach towards Daesh.


Active as well as former ministers of Germany, various German MPs, NATO officials, international press as well as ELNET-Germany partners participated in an active debate with Amos Gilead.


The quality of the audience present at ELNET’s lunch discussion underlines how important the close cooperation with Israel for Europe’s and Germany’s elite is. It shows eminent interest for Israel as well as for ELNET-Germany at the MSC. Amos Gilead could further draw the attention of German politicians and officials to crucial securities issues related to Israel. All in all a successful event for ELNET-Germany. 

(FLTR) Former Director of the Political Military and Policy Bureau of the Israel Ministry of Defence, Amos Gilead, German Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt

(FLTR) ELNET Treasurer Ulf Gartzke, Former Minister of Defence Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg and Fomer President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany 

Visit of Arye Shalicar in Berlin

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