The initiative was organized by ELNET, in partnership with the Spanish Ministry of Defense, the Israeli Embassy in Spain and Centro Sefarad-Israel in November 2013. The Israeli delegates brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise on strategic issues in the Middle East and various aspects—military, ethical, judicial, and media—of national security to Madrid.
The events were attended by various high-level Spanish decision-makers—government officials of the Spanish Ministry of Defense and Foreign Affairs including General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, Chief of the Defense Staff and Miguel Ángel Moratinos, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Also in attendance were parliamentarians and members of Congress of the defense and foreign affairs committees including Agustin Conde, President, Defense Committee; experts of prestigious think thanks Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales (FAES); members of Friends of Israel Initiative (FOII); academics; and journalists from Spain's leading newspaper El País, including Javier Moreno, the newspaper's Editor.
El País published interviews with the insights of Avi Dicter and Dan Meridor on the Iranian nuclear program and strategic issues in the Middle East. Elcano interviewed Avi Dicter on the Middle East peace process and Dan Meridor on Israel and the Middle East.
ELNET also hosted a delegation from the National Center for Defense Studies CESEDEN studying cyber warfare for an educational dinner in Tel Aviv with distinguished speakers Amb. Herzl Inbar, former Ambassador in Spain, Chairman of the Israel-Spain Friendship Association and Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, giving his insights on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.