Israel and the European Union

Israel and the European Union

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Israel's relations with the European Union stretch back to the early days of the European Community and the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. From that point onward, Israel and Europe have developed an increasingly strong network of political, economic, scientific, and cultural ties. These relations have, however, consisted of a number of conflicting trends. Indeed, even while the EU has become Israel's most important trading partner, the political relationship has been marked by disappointment, frustration, and, at times, even anger.Israel and the European Union: A Documentary History, by Sharon Pardo and Joel Peters, traces the history of these complex relations by bringing together over two hundred documents in one volume. The documents contained in this book are divided into five time periods: i) 1957 1966, Israel Looks to Europe; ii) 1967 1979, Between War and Peace; iii) 1980 1991, From Venice to Madrid; iv) 1992 2003, From Oslo to Barcelona; and v) 2004 2011, A Renaissance Cut Short?. Each section is preceded by a short essay outlining the major themes of Israeli-European Relations during those years. The authors have not added any commentary to the documents themselves and instead have allowed the documents to speak for themselves.The aim of this book is to offer a public record for future researchers and students of the dynamics of European-Israeli relations as well as of Europe's relationship with the Middle East over the past fifty years. Israel and the European Union: A Documentary History is designed to serve as a companion volume to Pardo and Peters' Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union (Lexington Books, 2010). "show more

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  • Electronic book text | 580 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148141
  • 9780739148143

About Sharon Pardo

Sharon Pardo is Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and co-author of Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union (Lexington Books, 2010). Joel Peters is associate professor of government and international affairs at Virginia Tech. He is also co-author of Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union (Lexington Books, 2010).show more

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Pardo and Peters, having collected a wealth of documents, provide an impressive chronological account of the long and well-developed Israeli-EU relationship, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses, offering valuable insights into the Middle East peace process, and demonstrating the growing role of the EU as an international actor. This documentary compendium is a must-read and an invaluable guide for teachers, researchers, and practitioners of Israeli-EU relations and the Middle East generally." --Emil J. Kirchner, University of Essex"show more