Israeli-European Union (EU) relations have consisted of a number of conflicting trends that have resulted in the emergence of a highly problematic and volatile relationship: one characterized by a strong and ever increasing network of economic, cultural and personal ties, yet marked, at the political level, by disappointment, bitterness and anger. On the one hand, Israel has displayed a genuine desire to strengthen its ties with the EU and to be included as part of the European integration project. On the other hand, Israelis are deeply suspicious of the Union’s policies, and are untrusting of the EU’s intentions towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East as a whole. As a result, Israel has been determined to minimize the EU’s role in the Middle East Peace Process, and to deny it any direct involvement in the negotiations with the Palestinians. At the same time, the EU displays an equally ambivalent attitude concerning the nature of its ties with Israel. This chapter summarizes key developments in Israeli-European Community/EU relations from 1957 until 2019.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Israel|
|Editors||Guy Ben-Porat, Dani Filc, Yariv Feniger, Paula Kabalo , Julia Mirsky|
|Place of Publication||London, New York|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2022|