Delegation für die Beziehungen zu Israel : Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Parlamenten

43rd EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, October 2017, Israel 

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43rd EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, October 2017, Israel © European Parliament 

The 43rd Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between the European Parliament and the Israeli Knesset was held on 30 October - 1 November 2017 in Jerusalem. The Members of the two delegations exchanged views on the state of play of relations between the European Union and the State of Israel with a special emphasis on the current common security challenges in Europe and in the Middle East, the fight against terrorism, combating the rise of anti-Semitism, the Middle East Peace Process, and other issues at stake within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean - European Neighbourhood Policy.

The discussions also reflected on the recent Knesset decision to raise the minimum wage in Israel, as well as on the issues of demography, multiculturalism and the funding of Christian schools in Israel in order to preserve their identity and maintain their autonomy from the state education system.

The Knesset and the European Parliament share the same goals of promoting parliamentary diplomacy meant to facilitate the development of an environment in the Mediterranean Basin that would bring about stronger economic and trade relations, especially between the State of Israel and its neighbours.


42nd EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, November 2016, Brussels 

The 42nd inter-parliamentary meeting between the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Israel and a delegation from the Israeli Knesset took place in Brussels on 17 November, 2016, with a working dinner held the previous evening, on 16 November 2016.

The theme for the dinner was "The Middle East Peace Process and the situation in the wider region".

Introductory remarks to the meeting on 17 November were given by:

  • Mr Fulvio Martusciello, Chair of the EP Delegation for relations with Israel
  • Mr Yaakov Perry, Chair of the Knesset delegation for relations with the European Union
Topics covered in the discussions included:
  • Israel relations
    - Diplomatic and political relations
    - Trade and economy, with focus on high-technology and start-up industries
  • The responses to security challenges, with focus on cybersecurity.

41st EP-Knesset IPM, November 2015, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem 

Eight Members of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Israel, headed by Fulvio Martusciello (EPP/IT), visited Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel from 16-18 November 2015, for the 41st inter-parliamentary meeting (IPM) between the European Parliament and the Knesset.

The delegation met the following Members of the Knesset:
  • Mr Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset;
  • Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee:
    - Mr Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), Chair;
    - Mr Avi Dichter (Likud);
    - Mr Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid);
  • Knesset Delegation for relations with the European Parliament:
    - Mr Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid), Chair;
    - Mr Elie Alalouf (Kulanu);
    - Ms Merav Ben Ari (Kulanu);
    - Ms Karin Elharrar (Yesh Atid);
    - Mr Erel Margalit (Zionist Camp);
    - Ms Yifat Sasha-Biton (Kulanu);
    - Mr Ofer Shela (Yesh Atid).
A number of bilateral meetings also took place.

The Chair's Report on the trip includes a description of these meetings and others held before and after the IPM.

The Chair issued a press release at the conclusion of the trip.

40th EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, December 2014, Brussels 


Four Members of the Knesset Delegation for relations with the European Parliament visited the European Parliament on 3 December 2014 for the 40th inter-parliamentary meeting (IPM) between the European Parliament and the Knesset.

The Delegation was composed of the following Members:

- MK Avishay Braverman (Labour), head
- MK David Tsur (Hatnuah)
- MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash)
- MK Rina Frenkel (Yesh Atid)

The discussions focused on
  • Israel's security threats and the peace process
  • The situation in the wider Middle East
  • The domestic political situation in Israel
  • The relations between the EU and Israel.

39th EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, November 2013, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv 

Five Members of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Israel, headed by Bastiaan Belder (EFD/NL), visited Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel on 4-5 November 2013, for the 39st inter-parliamentary meeting (IPM) between the European Parliament and the Knesset.

The delegation met the following Members of the Knesset:

- MK Itzhak Herzog

- MK Amram Mitzna

- MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli

- MK Yoni Chetboun

- MK Shimon Ohayon

- MK Dov Khenin

- MK Ahmad Tibi

- MK Nachman Shai

- MK David Tsur

- MK Amnon Cohen

A number of bilateral meetings also took place.

The Chair's Report on the trip includes a description of these meetings and others held before and after the IPM.

The Delegation issued a statement at the conclusion of the trip.

38th EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, April-May 2012, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv 

Five Members of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Israel, headed by Bastiaan Belder (EFD/NL), visited Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel on 30 April-4 May 2012, for the 38st inter-parliamentary meeting (IPM) between the European Parliament and the Knesset.

The exchanges of views focused on

  • The relations between the EU and Israel
  • The Middle East following the Arab Sping
  • Concentration in the Israeli economy

A number of bilateral meetings also took place.

The Delegation issued a statement at the conclusion of the trip.

37th EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, November 2011, Brussels 

36th EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, May 2011, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv