Israel is Europe’s third largest trading partner in the Middle East and its economic performance is among the strongest in the OECD. Israel is also a major political and security actor in the Middle East and Mediterranean basin. As a result, Europe and Israel share important strategic objectives, including combating terrorism and extremism, fostering stability, regional cooperation, and peace. The cooperation with Europe is vast and includes areas, such as cyber security, counter-terrorism, agriculture, water and food security, and innovation. The discovery of gas in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea opened further opportunities for cooperation.
Scientific collaboration is a fundamental component of the bilateral relations. Both Israeli and European academic institutions rank yearly among the most innovative worldwide. With high rates of R&D funding and a record number of start-ups, Israel is a central hub for global science and innovation. The scientific cooperation contributed to breakthroughs in research in multiple sectors, from smart irrigation, through child tumors and robotics.
Europe and Israel share fundamental values and strategic interests and benefit from robust economic relations despite political differences. ELNET’s mission and programs serve to enhance mutual understanding of these common values and interests.
ELNET in Israel
ELNET’s Israeli office serves as a central hub in the network, facilitating delegations and dialogues in cooperation with ELNET’s European affiliates and Friends of ELNET in the US. The Israeli office is also responsible for developing strong relationships with Israeli decision-makers, research institutes, businesses and civil society leaders. Under the leadership of an international board, ELNET-Israel fosters Israeli-Europe ties, while educating the Israeli policymakers about the importance of strengthening relations with Europe.
The New York Times quotes ELNET-Israel CEO Emmanuel Navon on the war with Hamas and Israel’s strategic gradual ground operation.
ELNET-Israel Board Member Dr. Sarah Masha Fainberg publishes an op-ed in leading French news outlet Le Monde calling for Hamas to be tried for crimes against humanity.
Jewish Insider in an interview with ELNET-Israel CEO Dr. Emmanuel Navon on Europe Union’s reaction to the Hamas attack on Israel
Times of Israel Op-Ed: Europe is repositioning itself and becoming more active on Israeli-Arab normalization
The Jerusalem Post published an interview with ELNET-Israel CEO Emmanuel Navon on the geopolitical changes in Europe and what that means for Israel.