Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Israel (D-IL). After serving as a member of this Delegation for several legislatures, I now have the honour and privilege of serving as Chair. Together with Vice-Chairs Bert-Jan Ruissen (ECR, NL) and Elena Yonceva (S&D, BG) and all D-IL Members, we work to strengthen the bilateral, structural relationship with the Knesset, the parliament of the state of Israel.

Our Delegation works in close coordination with the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and other European Parliament bodies, such as the Committees on International Trade (INTA) and on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Our Delegation also exchanges views on the Middle East Peace Process with our colleagues from the Delegation for relations with Palestine (DPAL).

Israel is a key and strategic ally of the European Union, as well as a country that shares our values and heritage. Political, economic and social cooperation - as well as trade, cultural and scientific exchanges - with Israel date almost to the origins of the Union itself, and have been extremely fruitful for both parties. The respect for human rights and democratic principles is an essential element of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and the basis of the bilateral relationship. Israel is also gradual being integrated into European policies and programmes through the Action Plan of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

Our Delegation closely follows the evolution of the Association Agreement and the ENP Action Plan. Through parliamentary diplomacy, we aim to increase the impact and the legitimacy of EU foreign policy, go hand in hand with the efforts to ensuring coherence and complementarity by the close coordination of our activities. During the current term, the Delegation for relations with Israel will work hard to enhance relations with Israel and with the wider region. In today's complex international context, this will require effectively using all parliamentary diplomacy tools available. Striving for peace, security and stability in the region is the core of all our activities.

We vigorously contest any kind of amalgamation - including any originating in the EU - between Israel's government policies and Judaism or people of Jewish origin. In the same spirit, our Delegation, in association with the LIBE Committee and all the other relevant parliamentary organs, fights against antisemitism.

I look forward to working with all of my fellow members on these ties, and to cooperating with Knesset counterparts in an enhanced partnership.

-Antonio López-Istúriz White (EPP, ES), Chair 2019-2024

Next D-IL meeting, 25 January 2022

12-01-2022 - 12:16
The next meeting of the EP's Delegation for relations with Israel (D-IL) will be held on Tuesday 25 January from 14.30 to 16.00 in Brussels.

44th Interparliamentary Meeting EU-Israel, 30 November 2020

17-12-2020 - 10:28
Credit: Office of the Knesset Spokesperson, photographer Danny Shem Tov
The 44th Interparliamentary Meeting EP-Knesset took place on Monday 30 November 2020, with remote participation.
With Members of the Knesset:

Uzi DAYAN, chair of the Delegation



Evgeny SOVA

Michal WUNSH

Delegation meetings

25-11-2020 - 13:29
Due to the epidemic of COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament and Parliament's political leaders have modified Parliament's calendar of activities for the next weeks. The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its core functions, while providing duty of care for its Members and staff, and protecting public health.

As a result, various meetings and activities due to take place on Parliament's premises, including those organised by the delegations, have been cancelled or postponed.

However, please keep checking the ordinary meeting heading for any REMOTE INTERACTIO meetings.

Photo at the Meeting of Delegation for relations with Israel - 24 September 2020

25-11-2020 - 13:09
Delegation for relations with Israel - © European Union 2020 - European Parliament - DAINA LE LARDIC
Chair Antonio López Istúriz with
  • H.E. Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar, Head of the Mission of Israel to the EU and NATO
  • H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Issa Hamad Abushahab, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of Belgium
  • And in remote connection with H.E. Dr. Bahia Jawad Al Jishi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Belgium

Photo of the Delegation at the constituent meeting of 26 September 2019

22-09-2020 - 15:51
Group photo of the Members who took part in the constituent meeting of the Delegation for Relations with Israel on 26 September 2019 in Brussels Group photo of the Members who took part in the constituent meeting of the Delegation for Relations with Israel on 26 September 2019 in Brussels
20190926_EP-092240A_PBU_092.JPG © European Parliament
The Delegation for Relations with Israel held its constituent meeting on 26 September 2019 in Brussels.