On May 7, 2010, Eliran signed a four-years contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv for a transfer fee of $1.2 million.
On 26 August 2010 he was selected to the Player Of The Match with 2 amazing goals on the win 4–3 over PSG in the Europa League. Atar completed his first season with Maccabi as club's Top Goalscorer with 18 league goals and 22 overall (all competitions) season goals. He attracts interest from VfL Wolfsburg, 1. FC Nuremberg, Parma and Betis.
On August 28, 2010 Atar received his first call-up for the Israeli National Team squad for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against Malta and Georgia but was forced to withdrew himself from the squad due to an eye injury received in a league match against Beitar Jerusalem. On October 2012 Atar was called up again to Israeli squad before a double header 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg but yet again was released from the squad due to a lower back injury without making a national appearance.