Plus ça change…? Israel, the EU and the Union for the Mediterranean
Title: Plus ça change…? Israel, the EU and the Union for the Mediterranean
Author: DEL SARTO, Raffaella A.
Citation: Mediterranean Politics, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 117-134
ISSN: 1362-9395; 1743-9418
The patterns characterizing relations between Israel and the European Union comprise, firstly, repeatedly tense political ties that contrast with constantly deepening economic relations. Secondly the practice of bilateral relations markedly differs from their rhetoric. Thirdly, disagreements usually revolve around Middle East peacemaking. Finally, unlike the EU, Israel prefers disconnecting bilateral ties from regional politics. These patterns explain Israel's position and strategy toward the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and permit an assessment of the relevance of the latter for EU–Israeli relations. The conclusion is that the UfM is unlikely to alter the basic patterns of bilateral ties.
Published online: 14 Mar 2011.
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