Uneasy Neighbors

Uneasy Neighbors : Israel and the European Union

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Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union presents a concise and thorough analysis of significant aspects of Israeli-European relations from the late 1950s to the present day. Its primary concern is to examine major facets of the troubled Israeli-European relations, which are characterized by a love-hate relationship fueled by economic passion and occasional political hostility. This study of Israeli-European relations is important not only because it explores this unusual relationship, but also because it offers insights into how the European Union (E.U.) is actually judged by Israelis as well as serves as an important indicator of how well European intentions have been translated into observable actions in both Israel and the Middle East. In addition, Israeli-European relations reflect what has been faced by the E.U. in the process of setting-up its foreign policy instruments. In other words, the book offers both an analysis of Israeli-European relations, and an observation on the Union's emerging role as an international actor, especially in the Middle East. Despite the importance of Israeli-European relations, the subject has received relatively little attention in the fields of Israeli, European and Middle East studies, outside the context of the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A review of the academic literature reveals a limited number of studies on Israeli-E.U. relations. This book attempts to fill this academic gap in our grasp of major aspects of this relationship. Each of the chapters reflects on different dimensions of this relationship. The emphasis is on across-the-board observations and crucial areas for the understanding of Israeli-European relations. In this regard, while the chapters were designed to add up to an inclusive study, each of them can also be read individually.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 168 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • 0739144707
  • 9780739144701

About Sharon Pardo

Sharon Pardo is a Jean Monnet Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel, and director of the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS). Joel Peters is associate professor in government and international affairs at the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2006, Peters was the founding director of the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) and senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.show more

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Uneasy Neighbors is a welcome contribution to an increasingly important aspect of the EU's external relations. The publication is particularly timely coinciding as it does with the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty and the EU's enhanced foreign policy capacity. The book will be essential reading for academics and graduates researching on EU-Israeli relations.--Martin Holland, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Director, National Centre for Research on Europe, New Zealandshow more

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