European Leadership Network

Profile: European Leadership Network

1- Name of NGO:

European Leadership Network

2- Brief & Mission:

The European Leadership Network (ELNET) was established in 2007 by Larry J. Hochberg, an American Jewish businessman and philanthropist, along with Raanan Eliaz from Israel. According to Forward, ELNET was formed as a response to the widespread criticism of Israel in Europe following the onset of the second intifada.

Larry J. Hochberg has a background as the chairperson of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and a national officer for AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee). Raanan Eliaz, on the other hand, served as the former head of the European and NATO Affairs Division at the Israeli National Security Council during the leadership of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

ELNET is led by various individuals including Dan Meridor, a former deputy prime minister of Israel and minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy; Pierre Dassas, an advertising and public relations specialist who is also associated with the Hudson Institute; and Elliot Abrams, a former US national security advisor and board member of the Tikvah Fund. 

According to ELNET’s website, its funding comes from private philanthropists and foundations across Europe, North America, Australia, and Israel. The organization clarifies that it does not directly receive financial support from governments, although some programs have been co-sponsored by Ministries in countries such as Germany, France, Spain, and Poland.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

Eliaz, having served as the former head of the European and NATO Affairs Division at the Israeli National Security Council under prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, indicates a close connection between the organization and the Israeli government.

5- Sources of Funding:

As per ELNET’s website, its funding is primarily sourced from private philanthropists and foundations located in Europe, North America, Australia, and Israel. To support its activities, the network operates a US fundraising arm known as Friends of ELNET, which has raised a total of $5,833,454 since its official establishment in 2011. Prior to that, fundraising efforts were overseen by StandWithUs, which transferred assets totaling $3,961,001 (including $965,354 in cash) to the newly established Friends of ELNET in 2011.

6- Activities:

The organization’s primary goal is to address the prevalent criticism of Israel in Europe that has emerged since the onset of the second intifada. It operates under the belief that opposing a diplomatic resolution to the conflict is the only way to show support for Israel.

7- NGO Leadership:

Des Browne holds several notable positions within various organizations. He serves as the Chair of the ELN (European Leadership Network), Vice Chairman of the NTI (Nuclear Threat Initiative), Convener of the TLG (Top Level Group), and has previously held the position of UK Defence Secretary.

8- Controversy:

The organization is accused of unlawfully supporting the Israeli stance on the Palestine conflict, disregarding human rights violations in Jerusalem.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:https://www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org
  • Address: London
  • Email: secretariat@europeanleadershipnetwork.org

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The organization has faced condemnation and scrutiny due to its affiliations with Israel, resulting in its blacklisting.

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