The Event was organized in cooperation with the Department of International Relations and the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the IASEI – Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration.
The Roundtable was held in honour of Alfred Tovias, Professor Emeritus, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Founder and Co-President of Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration (IASEI), upon his retirement.
Participants of the event were the ambassador of the EU to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, as well as scientists and politicians, who deal in their work with the relations between Europe and Israel. Amongst others, the German MP Achim Post, Secretary General of the Party of European Socialists, and Alfred Tovias, co-director of IASEI, took part in the discussion. The statements of the panel’s participants were followed by a discussion.
The main focuses of the panel were the strong relationship between Israel and Europe in fields of economic and academic issues, as well as the role of the EU within the peace process. On the one hand the question of how possible sanctions could strain this relationship was raised. On the other hand, the participants discussed how the traditional cooperation between Israel and the EU could be continued in future, especially under the influence of terrorism and Anti-Semitism.