Jerusalem, Israel (AHN) - European parliamentarians sympathetic to Israel have formally banded together in the European Union's first official pro-Israel lobby. They will inaugurate the new "European Friends of Israel" organization next week, according to Ynet.
The endeavor is reportedly being backed by Jewish businessmen across the continent.
Organizers hope the lobby will one day enjoy the influence that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has in Washington.
Lobby leader Michel Gur Ari said, "We have set ourselves a target to turn Europe into Israel's ally."
Yehoshua Ben-Yosef, the lobby's representative in Israel, told Ynet that to date more than 150 European parliamentarians have joined.