Online Policy Exchange

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led us to pursue creative approaches to continue our educational programs by utilizing new technologies and innovative solutions to connect European and Israeli leaders.

Even after the pandemic has subsided, our professional teams in Europe and Israel continue to reach out to key stakeholders in governments, parliaments, research institutes and partner organizations to explore new approaches to bilateral cooperation, including video conferences, expert briefings, online exchanges and interviews, as well as virtual delegations and strategic dialogues.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Genesis Foundation.

SELECTED PAST EVENTS – VIDEO GALLERY

Perspectives on Israeli Mourning and Achievement in the Shadow of War - Briefing with Dr. Emmanuel Navon, CEO of ELNET-Israel

On May 12-13, Israel commemorated  two significant national holidays. Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is symbolically followed by Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. As Israelis mourn those who have lost their lives in the service of the country and mark Israel’s achievements in the shadow of war, Dr. Emmanuel Navon, ELNET-Israel CEO, shared insights on what the past  months portends for Israel and the Diaspora, what lessons can be learned, and what to be optimistic about in the months and years to come.

War, Defense and Emerging Trends in the Middle East - Briefing with Major Andrew Fox KJ

Major Andrew Fox, a retired British Army officer and former senior lecturer in Behavioral Science at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, discussed the complexities and ever-changing nature of the Middle East’s wars. He analyzed the broad impacts of the October 7 Hamas invasion of Israel. He shared insights from his veterans’ delegation to Israel, extensive experience in military operations and leadership, as well as his perspective on global security and defense strategies.

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Nadav Eyal

Israel Under Attack - Emergency Briefing - IDF Spokesperson, Col. (Res.) Peter Lerner

Mr. Eyal explored the pressing issues facing Jewish communities worldwide amid the backdrop of the Gaza war, the internal situation in Israel, and rising regional and global tensions. He shared valuable insights and critical perspectives reflecting on history and its implications in this pivotal moment.

Exclusive briefing held by ELNET with IDF Officer Lt. Col. (Res.) Peter Lerner from the Spokesperson Unit following the World Central Kitchen tragic incident and the IDF inquiry report

Israel Under Iranian Attack - Emergency Briefing - IDF Spokesperson, Col. (Res.) Peter Lerner

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Colonel Richard Kemp, CBE

ELNET Emergency Briefing with IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. (res.) Peter Lerner following the unprecedented Iranian attack on Israel

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with MK Shelly Tal Meron

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Andrew Tucker

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, ELNET spotlighted Member of Knesset Shelly Tal Meron, who is leading the way for women’s advocacy in the wake of the October 7th massacres. MK Tal Meron partners closely with ELNET in her efforts to raise awareness on behalf of the victims of sexual violence by Hamas, including those who were kidnapped and remain in Gaza. MK Tal Meron’s role as head of the Knesset Caucuses for Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence of the October 7th War and for Hostages in Captivity underscores her commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of women affected by conflict and violence. Her collaboration with ELNET includes wartime visits to Poland, Germany, and France, as well as meetings with dozens of leading European officials who have joined ELNET’s delegations to Israel since October 7th.

Israel’s adversaries often wield international law as a weapon to undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish State. International legal expert Andrew Tucker will share valuable perspectives on the complexity of international law in this context, especially in times of war, with a special focus on South Africa’s spurious case against Israel at the International Court of Justice.

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Hussein Aboubakr Mansour

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Dr. Matthew Levitt

Hussein Aboubakr Mansour, Egyptian researcher, author, expert on Middle East affairs, and staunch defender of Israel. Mr. Mansour provided insights into the current geopolitical climate in the Middle East and what impact Hamas’ attack on Israel and the war in Gaza continue to have on the entire region. He also addressed how the instability and shift of power dynamics affect Egypt, commerce routes in the Suez Canal and Red Sea, and global trade. With his extensive knowledge on Egypt-Israel relations, Mr. Mansour examined the current status of diplomatic ties between the countries since the 1978 Camp David Accords, and discussed the prospects of potential normalization between Israel and other Arab nations. During this fascinating discussion, Mr. Mansour also shared his impressive personal story.

Dr. Levitt addressed Iran’s status as the world’s largest state supporter of terrorism and its influence on rising antisemitism across the Islamic world. Following October 7, 2023, a day Dr. Levitt refers to as ‘one of history’s most horrific acts of international terror,’ antisemitism exploded across the world, particularly across the Middle East. Dr. Levitt has an extensive background in counterterrorism and a deep understanding of historical and current regional dynamics shaping the region. He detailed Hamas’s complex financing network and explore Iran’s support of, and complicity in, Hamas’s, Hezbollah’s, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s terrorist activities.

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Dr. Jonathan Spyer

Israel Under Attack - 100 Days/100 European Leaders - Panel Discussion

Dr. Jonathan Spyer, one of the few Israeli experts to travel extensively in the Middle East, discussed the prospects of regional war between Israel, Iran, and its proxies. Fresh off his trip to the UK for ELNET’s 100 Days event in the British Parliament, Dr. Spyer shared his unique perspective on the confluence of radical Iranian-Shia influence and populist Sunni Islamism that, in his view, created Hamas and the conditions of October 7.

The October 7 attack resulted in unprecedented support for Israel in Europe, as all 27 EU members, NATO, and other European countries supported Israel’s right to self-defense and condemned the Hamas carnage. ELNET immediately mobilized its teams to organize major European delegations to Israel, bringing more than 150 European leaders from 20 countries to witness firsthand the existential challenges facing Israel on its southern and northern fronts. 

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with David Hirsh

In light of last week’s shocking testimony before Congress by the presidents of the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and Harvard University, join ELNET for a special briefing with world-renowned expert David Hirsh, a leader in the fight against academic anti-Zionism and antisemitism in the UK. 

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Prof. Ruth Halperin Kaddari

Join us for a discussion with leading international woman’s rights expert Prof. Halperin-Kaddari, who will address Hamas’ brutal rape and sexual violence against Israeli women and girls on October 7, and the alarming silence from UN bodies and the international community.

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Lt. Col. (Res). Sarit Zehavi

This briefing will provide an in-depth analysis on the urgent threat posed by Hezbollah to Israel. The discussion will also focus on Israel’s efforts to dismantle Hamas, and explore future scenarios that could impact the security landscape.

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Haviv Rettig Gur

Join us for an exclusive event with leading Israeli analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, who will discuss the latest developments in the war on Hamas, the growing international pressure on Israel, and the implications for the day after in Israel and Gaza. 

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Shimrit Meir

At a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed creating a regional and international coalition to eradicate Hamas. Is this a viable proposition? Can the lessons learned from the anti-ISIS coalition be applied here as Israel’s war in Gaza continues? Fresh from high-level discussions at ELNET’s E3 Conference last week in London, Israeli foreign policy strategist Shimrit Meir shares her insights on the paradigm shift since the war began on October 7 and how the unprecedented European show of support is changing the narrative.

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Andrew Tucker

Hamas’ horrific mass murder of Israeli civilians, hostage taking, and use of civilian shields has led experts to conclude that Hamas has committed war crimes. What does international law say about Hamas’ atrocities? Are these “crimes against humanity”? What constraints does international law place on Israel’s right of self-defense? ELNET is actively working to elicit European condemnation and criminal charges against Hamas. International legal expert Andrew Tucker from thinc. addresses these issues and more.

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with French Member of Parliament Pierre Henri Dumont

In the wake of Hamas’ attack on Israel, ELNET brought an emergency solidarity mission of 10 members of the French Parliament to Israel this week, together with former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. As part of the delegation, MP Pierre-Henri Dumont, Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee, and his fellow parliamentarians witnessed the cruel atrocities committed by Hamas against innocent Israeli civilians. He shares his insights into the crisis in Israel, the impact of such visits for European leaders, and the critical importance of European support for Israel at this time. 

Israel Under Attack - Briefing with Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Yadlin

On October 16, 2023 ELNET hosted an emergency update on the Hamas attack against Israel with former head of IDF Military Intelligence Directorate and Chair of ELNET’s Forum of Strategic Dialogue, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Yadlin.

Israel continues to defend its population in the face of an unprecedented and unprovoked war initiated by Hamas. 

 

Israel Under Attack - ELNET Emergency Briefing with IDF, Israel Police, and an Israeli Member of Knesset

On October 7, 2023 Israel was brutally attacked by Hamas terrorists who murdered over 1,200 innocent men, women, and children. ELNET immediately arranged for an emergency briefing with Maj. Liad Diamond, Head of Public Diplomacy Office of the IDF Spokesperson Unit; Dean Elsdunne, International Spokesperson, Police Spokesperson’s Unit; and Knesset Member Matan Kahana, Former Minister of Religious Services and Ret. Colonel and F-16 Pilot of the IAF

Exploring Israel's political crisis and its international fallout - Briefing with Nadav Eyal

Israel’s leading journalist Nadav Eyal, explores the societal, security, and diplomatic implications of Israel’s deepening political crisis. Mr. Eyal, a prolific author and commentator on global disruptive trends, shares his insights on Israel’s constitutional crisis, relations with the US and Europe, and prospects for a breakthrough with Saudi Arabia.

Europe's Role in the Global Fight Against Antisemitism - Briefing with Ambassador Dani Dayan

ELNET hosted a thought-provoking conversation with Ambassador Dani Dayan, Chairman of Yad Vashem and ELNET-Israel Board Member, on the challenge of rising global antisemitism and recent developments in Europe, where the EU approved a continent-wide strategy to combat antisemitism and 31 countries adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.  

 

 

Germany, Israel, And NATO: From Security Cooperation To Partnership - Briefing with Dr. Shlomo Shpiro

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz proclaimed the war as a watershed event in the history of the continent. The Bundestag’s Defense Committee, upon their return from an ELNET delegation, approved to purchase Israeli munitions and advance the Arrow 3 missile defense system. As the war continues the critical importance of a closer partnership between Germany, Israel, and NATO has become more urgent. Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, a leading expert on Europe, discusses the current and future Israel-NATO relations and their importance for European and Israeli security.

Judicial Overhaul: Israel’s National Crisis - Briefing with Haviv Rettig Gur

The recent judicial overhaul measures in Israel have exacerbated a national crisis with deep social, economic, political, and security implications. Massive protests against the reforms have persisted continuously across the country for 32 weeks. To shed light on these historic developments, Haviv Rettig Gur, Senior Analyst at The Times of Israel provides insights on the crisis and its implications for Israel’s future.

Interfaith Relations, The Abraham Accords, And The Future Of The Middle East - Briefing with Imam Mohammad Tawhidi

The Abraham Accords marked a significant turning point in the Middle East. Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, known for his deep understanding of Islamic theology and his efforts to promote interfaith dialogue, brings a unique perspective to this discussion. He shares his insights on the Abraham Accords, interfaith relations, and prospects for a more peaceful Middle East.

The Campaign to Delegitimize Israel: Threats and Opportunities - Briefing with Col. (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch

This briefing explores the intensifying campaign to delegitimize Israel in international forums, the impact on Israel’s national security and diplomatic standing, as well as the broader implications for regional security. Colonel (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch shares her extensive experience and perspective on the challenges ahead, and discusses Europe’s unique role in addressing the delegitimization of Israel and promoting regional stability.

Israel At 75: Growing Security Threats In The Midst Of Political Crisis - Briefing with Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin

ELNET hosted an exclusive briefing with Chair of ELNET’s Forum of Strategic Dialogue, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, one of Israel’s foremost strategic authorities, to discuss the increasing threats to Israel’s security, the fallout from Israel’s internal crisis, and implications for Israel’s future international relations. He also addressed the changing strategic landscape, including the new era of superpower conflict, the war in Europe, the changing US presence in the Middle East, and Iran’s regional ascendency.

Countering Iranian Terror: Sending A Strong Message To Tehran - Briefing with Kasra Aarabi

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) continues to destabilize the Middle East by arming, training, and directing terrorist proxies. In recent months, the EU and the UK have considered designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization in response to Iran’s transfer of killer drones to Russia, brutal internal repression, destabilizing operations in the Middle East, and operating terror cells in Europe. The ban would send a strong message to Tehran, prevent IRGC operations in Europe, and enhance efforts to counter Iran’s nuclear and terrorist activities. Renowned Iran expert Kasra Aarabi discusses the Iranian threat and Europe’s response.

An Insider's View on the Future of the Abraham Accords - Briefing with Jason Greenblatt

Israel is facing an unprecedented multi-frontal attack from Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria and confronting a wave of terrorism in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. While Hamas is the direct instigator of these attacks, it is clear that Iran’s strategy of encircling Israel is accelerating, as the U.S. retreats from the region while Iran, backed by Russia and China, is increasingly emboldened. Jason Greenblatt, former White House Middle East Envoy, discusses his role in developing the Abraham Accords and provides a strategic overview on Israel and the Middle East.

Israel at 75: Past, Present, and Future - Briefing with Professor Itamar Rabinovich

Professor Itamar Rabinovich recently wrote Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East 1948 to 2022. The work, to be published on March 15th, is a unique view of Israel and the Middle East by an academic historian and diplomat who once served as Israel’s chief negotiator to the Syrian government. Professor Rabinovich shares his insights on the lessons of the past and what they portend for the future of the Jewish state and the region.

Post-Earthquake Turkey: Prospects for Repairing Ties with Israel - Briefing with Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Hanarocak

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Turkey, Israel was one of the first countries to deploy a massive search and rescue effort on the ground. Israel’s operation accelerated the process of improving relations between the two countries. Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak provides an update on Turkey’s humanitarian and political crisis, the future of Israel-Turkey relations and the key role played by Turkey in the Middle East and East Mediterranean.

Eye on Iran: From Regional to Global Menace - Briefing with Dr. Meir Javedanfar

Iran’s domestic repression and growing military alliance with Russia is generating growing backlash in Europe including a campaign to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. Dr. Meir Javedanfar gives an exclusive briefing on Iran’s internal unrest, regional aggression, and growing international isolation.

Judicial Shakeup: Reforms Proposed in Israel and their Impact on Foreign Relations - Briefing with Dr. Emmanuel Navon and Haviv Rettig Gur

Proposed judicial reforms by Israel’s new right-wing government have led to widespread protests across multiple sectors of Israeli society. What are the implications of these potential changes for Israeli government and society? How will this development affect Israel’s international relations, particularly in Europe?

Exposing Palestinian Authority Corruption and Human Rights Abuses - Briefing with David Rose

UK Jewish Chronicle Chief Politics and Investigations Reporter David Rose released bombshell findings of severe corruption, misuse of international aid, and human rights abuses within British-trained security forces of the Palestinian Authority. David addresses key questions based on his interviews with top PA officials, activists and citizens, such as what is the viability of the PA to act as a governing body now and beyond Abbas? What is the impact of PA corruption amongst Palestinians and on hopes for peace?

The Impact of Israel's Elections on its Foreign Relations and the Abraham Accords - Briefing with Dr. Emmanuel Navon

Israel’s new government marks a shift in Israeli politics, both domestic and foreign. How will this new government be met on the world stage, which is also undergoing significant geopolitical shifts. How could changes impact Israel’s relationship with the West and Abraham Accords nations?

 

 

Special Roundtable: The 2nd Anniversary of the Abraham Accords: Europe's Key Role in Strengthening Regional Cooperation

ELNET hosts a special roundtable discussion with leading European and Israeli experts on the future of the Abraham Accords, and Europe’s strategic role and interest in strengthening regional peace and security in the Middle East.

Europe's Response to the Inflammatory Amnesty International Report - Briefing with Dr. Emmanuel Navon

Global fury has ensued following Amnesty International’s libelous and biased report falsely labeling Israel as an apartheid state. Dr. Emmanuel Navon discusses Europe’s reaction to the inflammatory document that further fuels anti-Zionist sentiment amid rising global antisemitism. 

Special Post-Elections Briefing with top Israeli journalists

Watch this special roundtable discussion with leading European and Israeli experts on the future of the Abraham Accords, and Europe’s strategic role and interest in strengthening regional peace and security in the Middle East.

 

Treating PTSD in Ukrainian Refugees: ELNET brings Israeli expertise to Central Europe - Briefing with Mooli Lahad

As Russia’s war in Ukraine wages on, border countries continue to struggle with an unprecedented influx of refugees. Working together with local authorities, ELNET-Poland created a program to address this pressing need, bringing Israeli expertise to train those on the frontline of the refugee crisis. 

Invitation Cyber Warfare in Europe, and Its Implications for the Middle East - Briefing with Guy-Philippe Goldstein

As Europe grapples with a new era of security threats resulting from Russia’s war in Ukraine, the urgent need to upgrade military capabilities includes the growing challenge of cyber warfare. Watch leading French cybersecurity expert Guy-Philippe Goldstein, as he explores the role of cyber attacks in the war in Ukraine and the importance of Europe-Israel cooperation in dealing with emerging cybersecurity threats including from Iran.

Turkey's Balancing Act: A Global Gamble from Europe through the Middle East - Briefing with Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak

Straddled between Europe and Asia, Turkey continues to navigate complex geopolitical developments from the Syrian civil war to successive refugee crises, and Russia’s war on Ukraine. Where do Israel-Turkey relations stand today, and how does this evolving relationship impact Israel’s security and its ties to the region? Watch this discussion with Israeli expert on Turkey, Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak

The Triple Threat of Russia, China, Iran - Briefing with Dr. Sarah-Masha Fainberg

Russia is determined to expand its war on Ukraine. Angered by sustained US outreach to Taiwan, China seeks to further expand its influence to roll back American global power. We are entering a new round of uncertainty regarding the Iran threat as the P5+1 group of countries closes in on a new deal with Tehran. How do these nations working together complicate security for Israel and its allies in the Middle East and Europe? 

Growing Israel-NATO Relations amid Ukraine Crisis - Briefing with Rina Bassist

Russia’s war on Ukraine continues to generate instability in Europe. As part of its broader strategy in the face of Moscow’s threats, NATO is expanding its collaboration with Israel. What will this increased cooperation look like, and how will these strategic developments impact Israel, Europe, and the Middle East?

 

How are Revitalized Turkey-Israel Relations Impacted by the War in Ukraine? - Briefing with Dr. Eran Lermann

Though the once positive relations between Israel and Turkey have deteriorated over the past several decades, joint strategic concerns have begun to bring the two nations closer once again. Just last month, Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited Turkey – the first by an Israeli president in 14 years. Watch Dr. Eran Lerman speak on what these new relations mean for Israel, the region generally, and the impact this development has on the war in Ukraine.

The French Election - Implications for the Future of Europe and Relations with Israel - Briefing with Benjamin Haddad

Averting a major crisis, Macron’s last-minute victory ensures that France will remain part of the West and NATO for the foreseeable future. Yet, the strong showing by Marine Le Pen’s far-right nationalist party is deeply troubling. What do French politics portend for the future of France, Europe, and the relationship with Israel? How is Europe changing as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine? What are the implications for Israel and the region?

Under Attack: How will Israel Respond to the Wave of Terrorism? - Briefing with Dr. Kobi Michael

Twenty years after the start of the second intifada, Israel is once again under attack, with 11 murdered in a week of mayhem. This wave of attacks led to a high state of emergency on the eve of the intersection between Passover, Ramadan, and Easter. How will Israel respond? And what will be the effect of the latest political crisis? 

Ukraine Crisis: How is Israel's Relationship with Europe and the Middle East Changing? - Briefing with Dan Scheuftan

The war in Ukraine seems to have fundamentally changed the threat perception in Western democracies and legitimized a fundamentally different kind of response. This may bring about, particularly in Europe, a better understanding of the Middle East and a more realistic policy in the region. 

War in Ukraine: The Impact of Russia's Invasion on the Future of Europe and the Middle East - Briefing with Dr. Sarah-Masha Fainberg

As the horrors of the brutal Russian invasion continue to unfold, the future of the world order, European security, and the global economy hang in the balance. What are Putin’s options and how will the West respond? What is the immediate and long term impact of the war on Europe, Israel, and the Middle East? Will Israel’s unique strategic position and role as mediator bolster or hurt its relations with Europe?

Crisis in Lebanon: How it Effects Europe and Israel - Briefing by Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan

Dr. Samaan gives a briefing on will brief us on the crisis in Lebanon as well as the latest global and regional developments. As part of his overview of French Middle East diplomacy, Dr. Samaan addresses its policy toward Hezbollah and the reasons why France has yet to ban the terror organization. 

 

Two Years in: Where we are and What's Next in the Covid-19 Crisis - Briefing with Prof. Jonathan Gershoni

The coronavirus has impacted our lives over the last two years, but vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and other therapies give hope that life could soon return to normal. Hear from Israel’s leading immunology expert, Prof. Jonathan Gershoni, as he clarifies the muddied waters, and provides insight on where we are, and what’s next in the COVID-19 crisis.

At the Forefront of the Third Vaccine Rollout: Insights from Israel - Briefing with Prof. Ran Balicer

As governments across the globe struggle to contain the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant, Israel was the first country to approve the third booster vaccination shot. Prof. Ran Balicer, who chairs the Covid-19 National Experts Team advising the Israeli government will join us to share the Israeli experience on vaccination roll-out and public health policies.

10 years After 9/11: Jihadism & the Future of Counter-terrorism - Briefing with Dr. Emman El-Badawy

Twenty years after the 9/11 attack, Dr. Emmanuel El-Badawy, UK’s leading expert on violent extremism, joined us to address these questions and provide her assessment of counter-terrorism policies after the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Iran, Terror Concerns Changing France's Relations with Israel - Briefing with Emmanuel Navon

The new Israeli government is intensively working to improve ties with Europe. Dr. Emmanuel Navon, one of Israel’s top foreign policy experts, joined us to discuss how the new Israeli government will conduct its relations with allies in Europe and the United States.

After the Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What's Next for the Middle East? - Dr. Dan Schueftan

How will the developments in Afghanistan affect the Middle East, Israel, and Europe? What role should Europe play? Dr. Dan Schueftan, one of Israel’s boldest strategic thinkers, joined us to discuss the geopolitical implications of the Afghanistan crisis.

The United Nations & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Conversation with Nickolay Mladenov

Nickolay Mladenov, a veteran Bulgarian diplomat who served as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process between 2015 and 2020, joined us to discuss his experience and perspective on the UN involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

European Summit on Islamist Radicalization and Terrorist Threat - Fighting Islamist Terrorism

The third session of the European Summit on Islamist Radicalization and Terrorist Threat entitled “Fighting Islamist Terrorism, a Challenge for Europe’s Security and Future” provided an opportunity to hear about this challenge to national security in Europe, and beyond, from leading experts and officials, including former Prime Ministers of France Manuel Valls and the UK Theresa May.

The New Israeli Reality, Foreign Policy under Bennett & Lapid - Tal Schneider and Barak Ravid

As the new government takes its first steps, what will be the impact on Israel’s foreign policy? How will it respond to the Iran nuclear deal, the Palestinian conflict, and relations with the United States, Europe, and the new Arab allies? Two veteran Israeli journalists, Barak Ravid of Walla News and Tal Schneider of The Times of Israel, joined us to discuss the changing political landscape in Israel.

The Halimi Case: A Deadly Attack on French Values - Conversation with Bernard-Henri Lévy

Can France protect the largest Jewish community in Europe against the rising tide of antisemitism? Bernard-Henri Lévy, esteemed French philosopher and best-selling author, joined us for a unique conversation on the Halimi case, and its impact on French society.

Justice for Sarah Halimi - ELNET Briefing with Adv. Oudy Bloch and Muriel Ouaknine-Melki

Oudy Bloch, a criminal law expert, and the lawyer representing the Halimi family, and Muriel Ouaknine-Melki, President of the European Jewish Organization, will join us to discuss the Halimi case, its impact on France and Europe’s largest Jewish Diaspora.

Israel Under Attack: Briefing with IDF Int'l Spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus

Special briefing with Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus on the situation in Israel and Gaza amid the latest round of hostilities.

German Israeli Space Forum - New Space for German-Israel Cooperation

Discussion on how to create a decisive advantage in space by joining the forces of Germany and Israel.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Headed to Court - Geopolitical Dimension

Former MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Member of the European Parliament Soren Gade, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Headed to Court - Remarks by Amb. Dennis Ross

Amb. Dennis Ross – The Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Headed to Court (Closing Remarks).

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Headed to Court - Prof. Irwin Cotler, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein

Opening Remarks and keynote speeches by Dr. Arie Bensemhoun, Prof. Irwin Cotler, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Headed to Court - Legal Dimension - Prof. François Zimeray, Dr Christophe Eick, Dr Tal Becker

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Headed to Court Legal Implications: Prof. François Zimeray, Dr Christophe Eick, Dr Tal Becker.

Israel Election Puzzle: Key Takeaways, Possible Scenarios - ELNET Briefing with Tal Shalev

 Tal Shalev, a well-known political analyst and chief political correspondent for Walla News, joined us to make sense of Israel’s political landscape, discuss key takeaways from the latest round of elections and possible scenarios for the political future of the country.

Israel's Outstanding Vaccination Campaign - ELNET Briefing with Amos Harel

Amos Harel, who has been covering Israel’s coronavirus strategy along with defense issues for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, joined us to discuss how Israel became the world leader in vaccinating against COVID-19 and how this could further its geostrategic interests.

Israel Election Puzzle: Key Takeaways, Possible Scenarios - ELNET Briefing with Tal Shalev

 Tal Shalev, a well-known political analyst and chief political correspondent for Walla News, joined us to make sense of Israel’s political landscape, discuss key takeaways from the latest round of elections and possible scenarios for the political future of the country.

Israel's Outstanding Vaccination Campaign - ELNET Briefing with Amos Harel

Amos Harel, who has been covering Israel’s coronavirus strategy along with defense issues for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, joined us to discuss how Israel became the world leader in vaccinating against COVID-19 and how this could further its geostrategic interests.

Israeli Elections, Take Four - Dramatic Developments in Domestic Politics with Lahav Harkov

Lahav Harkov, senior contributing editor and diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s leading English-language outlet, The Jerusalem Post, joined us to provide an incisive overview of Israel’s political landscape ahead of the March 2021 elections.

Covid-19 Crisis: Are We Nearing the End? - ELNET Briefing with Prof. Jonathan Gershoni

Prof. Jonathan Gershoni, Israel’s leading immunology expert joined us to discuss what awaits us in the weeks and months ahead, and share his assessment of the validity of the new vaccines, as well as insights into the technology and international efforts to develop them.

The German Approach to Iran: Appeasement or Change Through Rapprochement with MP Omri Nouripour

MP Omid Nouripour, an Iranian-born German Bundestag member who serves as the ranking member of the Greens caucus in the Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the spokesperson of the Greens on Foreign Affairs, joined us to discuss the German approach to Iran and how it could shape the transatlantic agenda vis-a-vis Teheran.

"100 Years After the San Remo: In Search of a New Paradigm for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" with Min. Orit Farkash Hacohen, Amb. Dennis Ross and Dr. Tal Becker

With the Arab-Israeli normalization opening a new chapter in regional dialogue, the speakers offer their insights with regard to the failure to break through to a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the changing strategic landscape – in search of new paradigms.

The Star and the Scepter: A Diplomatic History of Israel with Dr . Emmanuel Navon

Dr. Navon discusses the impact of Jewish history on Israel’s foreign policy and diplomacy and shares his perspective on Israel’s relations with Europe, placing the recent developments in a historical context.

Lessons From the History on German-Israeli Relations - Briefing with Dr. Michael Borchard

With the burden of history on their shoulders, over the past decades subsequent German governments made steps toward establishing a positive and special relationship between Germany and Israel.

Confronting Threats in Israel's North - Briefing with Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, the IDF International Spokesperson, joined us to discuss the turbulent situation in Lebanon and Syria and its impact on Israel’s security in the Northern arena.

Iran on a Dangerous Collision Course with Israel - Briefing with Meir Javedanfar

Meir Javedenfar, a leading Iranian-Israeli academic joined us to provide an insider view on the upsurge of tensions between Iran and Israel and the possible trajectories in the weeks and months ahead.

War of Words: International Law & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Briefing with Amb. Daniel Taub

Ambassador Daniel Taub, a veteran Israeli diplomat and international lawyer, joined us to discuss how international law applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the implications for the international community.

US-China Competition & Israel's Balancing Act - Briefing with Alexander Pevzner

Alexander Pevzner, a top expert on the complex Chinese-Israel relations, will join us to discuss the U.S.-China rivalry and how it shapes the difficult balancing act of Israel vis-a-vis the two global powers as they drift further apart.

Poland and Israel: A Bittersweet Friendship - Briefing with MP Władysław T. Bartoszewski

MP Władysław T. Bartoszewski, joined us to review the key events in contemporary Polish-Israeli diplomatic relations, and discuss how the new opening could help strengthen the friendship between the two countries and their people.

The Future of Jewish Communities in Europe: Briefing with Katharina von Schnurbein

Katharina von Schnurbein, the first European Commission Coordinator on combatting Antisemitism, joined us to provide insights into the efforts to fight antisemitism in Europe and her assessment of the challenges ahead.

On the Frontlines of the Coronavirus – the Importance of Europe-Israel Cooperation

Facing the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, together with the Forum of Strategic Dialogue (FSD) and the Delegation of the EU to Israel we launched a series of virtual roundtables on topics of mutual interest to Europe and Israel. These roundtables involve policymakers, experts and journalists, as well as other professionals who follow the European-Israeli arena. The first roundtable was designed to share the valuable lessons learnt in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on both sides, reflect on strategies and explore cooperation between Europe and Israel.

The Day After: The Impact of COVID-19 on The Global Economy - Online Conference in cooperation with Start-Up Nation Central

For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, world-leading economists from Europe, Israel, and the U.S. share the virtual stage to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the global economy, and what this could mean for Europe and Israel. The debate addresses the key challenges ahead and the main engines of recovery, impact on supply chains, international cooperation, and trade. The conference was organized by Start-Up Nation Central (SNC) and European Leadership Network (ELNET), as the second in a series of joint online events dedicated to Europe-Israel economic cooperation.

Global Healthcare in the Fight Against COVID-19: What Israel Has to Offer?

Mati Gill, Senior Director of Public Policy at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world, joined us to discuss what Israel’s innovative ecosystem has to offer in the race for COVID-19 treatments, and how companies such as Teva can contribute to the fight against the virus.

A Dual Pandemic: Coronavirus and the Rise in Antisemitism with Dr. Michael Blume

Dr. Michael Blume, Special Envoy to Combat Antisemitism of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg discusses the recent manifestations of antisemitism in Germany, and how state and civil society can work together during this time to combat the world’s oldest hatred.

Innovation vs. Corona - Europe-Israel Online Conference in cooperation with Start-Up Nation Central

Leading experts, officials, journalists and practitioners from Israel and Europe exchange ideas and discuss how innovation and data-driven solutions in digital health can help us tackle one of the biggest crises of the modern age – the coronavirus pandemic.

Unlikely Allies - COVID-19 Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation, Opportunities and Challenges

Video briefing and Q&A session with Israel’s leading expert on Palestinian affairs, Khaled Abu Toameh (The Jerusalem Post), who discussed the unprecedented cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

In the Eye of the Storm: Dramatic Developments in Israel's Government Formation

Video briefing and Q&A session with Israel’s leading political analysts, Amit Segal (Chief Political Correspondent, Channel 12 News) and Barak Ravid (Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Channel 13 News). The speakers share their perspectives on Israel’s political landscape.

The Virus Knows No Borders: Cooperation, Crisis and Ripple Effects in the Region

Video briefing and Q&A session with Israel’s leading defense analyst, Amos Harel. The speaker discusses the coronavirus crisis impact on the Middle East and regional cooperation, as well as coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Video Briefing with Prof. Gershoni on the COVID-19 Virus: Challenges & Solutions

Full video briefing with Israel’s leading COVID-19 expert, Prof. Jonathan Gershoni, Professor of Molecular Immunology and Virology at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Gershoni discussed the current situation in Israel, possible treatments and vaccine development.

On the Front Lines of Israel's War on the COVID-19 Virus: Challenges & Solutions

Full video recording from the policy briefing with leading immunology experts, Prof. Michal Linial (Hebrew University), David Zigdon (Migdal Research Institute), as well as Prof. Itamar Grotto, Deputy Director-General, Israeli Ministry of Health.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Video Briefing with Prof. Gershoni

Highlights from the video briefing with Israel’s leading COVID-19 expert, Prof. Jonathan Gershoni, Professor of Molecular Immunology and Virology at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Gershoni discussed the current situation in Israel, possible treatments and vaccine development.

HIGHLIGHTS: On the Front Lines of Israel's War on the COVID-19 Virus: Challenges & Solutions

Highlights from the policy briefing with leading immunology experts, Prof. Michal Linial (Hebrew University), David Zigdon (Migdal Research Institute), as well as Prof. Itamar Grotto, Deputy Director-General, Israeli Ministry of Health.

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