The EU and Israel: Comparison of Cultures and Implications



Israel and the EU have had complex relations since the establishment of the EU. On the one hand, there have always been close economic relations between Israel and the EU nations. On the other hand, Europe has not been as largely involved in the Israeli-Arab peace process, as it would have hoped. Israel has often declined European efforts of involvement and has sometimes regarded West Europe as unsupportive to its side of the conflict. The different views that Israel and the EU have on major political issues may be better understood when one understands the cultural differences between Israel and the EU nations. In this chapter, we closely examine the Israeli culture and the cultures of the EU nations by examining the relative value emphases in these cultures. We then discuss the implications of these cultural similarities and differences for attitudes and interpretations that may have led to political policies and to consequent agreements and disagreements between Israel and the EU.


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