ELNET is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening relations between Europe and Israel based on shared democratic values and strategic interests.

Our Mission

The European Leadership Network (ELNET) brings together leaders to foster close relations between Europe and Israel, based on shared democratic values and strategic interests

ELNET provides unique opportunities for mutual dialogue and encourages exchanges among European and Israeli policymakers from across the board on common challenges and opportunities. Through our programs we facilitate in-depth policy discussions on key strategic issues and bring high-level delegations to Israel to experience the realities on the ground.

Our Values

ELNET is a non-governmental, nonpartisan organization which strictly maintains its impartiality and independence. We believe that a strong Europe-Israel relationship can be achieved through a nuanced, balanced and multidimensional approach

ELNET staunchly supports a safe and secure Israel and the pursuit of peace in the Middle East through direct negotiations between Israel, the Palestinians and Arab countries. The Abraham Accords have introduced a new era of partnership and opportunity, and ELNET encourages Europe to seize the important role it can play in advancing stability and prosperity across the region and beyond.

Our Approach

ELNET encourages policymakers and opinion leaders in Europe and Israel to deepen their ties and pursue new opportunities for bilateral cooperation. With a network of professional affiliate offices in France, Germany, the UK, Belgium (European Union & NATO), Italy, Central and Eastern Europe, and Israel, ELNET offers a broad menu of programs, including delegations, strategic dialogues, conferences and roundtables.

ELNET works to provide deeper insights into the complexities of global and regional issues, foster key ties between European and Israeli leaders, and empower friends of Israel across Europe.

Our Vision

In a rapidly changing global environment, Israel needs as many allies as possible. Europe is also faced with new unprecedented challenges, and seeks innovative solutions to overcome them. Europe plays a major role on the global stage, with the European Union being one of the three largest economies in the world, and two European countries – France and the UK –holding a permanent seat and veto power at the UN Security Council and having nuclear capabilities with global military reach. While 80% of the U.S. Congress has visited Israel, only 10% of European counterparts have done so. ELNET was created to turn this challenge into an opportunity.

We believe Israel and Europe share deep values, mutual interests and strategic challenges. Closer economic and political relations benefit both sides and is important to the future of the Middle East. As such, ELNET works to pursue long-term strategic partnerships between European countries and Israel.

Our Impact

ELNET works to expand European support to counter Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and regional threats, promote Arab-Israeli normalization, combat terrorism and incitement to hate, fight antisemitism and the delegitimization of Israel, and strengthen Israeli-European economic relations. ELNET plays a key role in banning Hezbollah across Europe, in preventing funding from reaching the hands of Hamas and any other terror-related activities, and mobilizing EU leaders to promote high-level dialogue with Israel. Our work has significantly contributed to fostering collaborations in the fields of science and health, trade partnerships, and even restoring fractured diplomatic relations between Israel and European countries.

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