Poland is an important country in Eastern Europe with a population and GDP equal to all its Eastern European neighbors combined. It is one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. Poland is part of the Visegrad Group of countries which includes Hunagry, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Together these countries consist of an important voting block in European institutions. Israel ties with Eastern Europe continue to grow politically and economically.
The painful history of the Holocaust continues to have a significant impact on bilateral ties, including the recent controversy over Poland’s Holocaust law. In recent years, bilateral ties have grown and Jewish cultural revival in Poland has flourished. Many Israelis and Jewish communities around the world trace their roots to Poland and travel there to participate in educational programs.
Israel and Poland share substantial strategic interests, including a close relationship with the United States and cross-border security concerns. This shared outlook translates into close defense cooperation, intelligence sharing, joint military training and exchange of technology and expertise.
Trade relations between the two countries has grown rapidly, amounting over $1 billion in 2017 – a 10% increase over 2016. A growing number of Israeli companies and investors are active in the Polish economy, while Polish companies are forging partnerships in Israel’s high-tech economy.
ELNET in Poland
ELNET-Poland was established in 2014. The office organizes senior delegations and cooperates with the Warsaw Security Forum bringing top Israeli experts and officials to the conference. ELNET-Poland sponsors the annual Poland-Israel strategic dialogues in partnership with the National Security Bureau of the Polish President.
ELNET leads diplomatic campaign for Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 80th Anniversary
Polish and Israeli diplomats around the world came together to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. ELNET led to their inclusion by inviting the Foreign Ministries of both Poland and Israel to join the Daffodil Campaign of the POLIN Museum.
One Year of the Full-Scale Russian Invasion of Ukraine
On the one-year anniversary of the War in Ukraine, ELNET reviews the various programming launched on PTSD prevention, resilience, and crisis management solutions based on best practices developed by Israeli experts and institutions.
ELNET Hosts First-Ever Czech MP Delegation
ELNET hosts its first-ever Czech delegation, bringing 10 Members of Parliament to Israel.
First-Ever Delegation of MPs from the Polish-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group Hosted in Israel by ELNET
ELNET was proud to host a historic delegation of 13 members of the Polish Parliament to Israel, the first- ever delegation of Members of Parliament
Israeli Experts Supporting Ukrainian Refugees in Europe
ELNET-Poland hosted in Warsaw Israeli experts from the Community Stress Prevention Center in Kiryat Shmona, to conduct an in-depth training for Ukrainian and Polish mental health professionals and local responders.
ELNET Delegation from the Baltics and Poland featured in Times of Israel
The Times of Israel features article on ELNET-Poland’s first delegation of high-level policymakers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.