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EU–Israel Relations: Expanding the Research Agenda

EU–Israel relations: expanding the research agenda
Bruno Oliveira Martins

We shall also take care to cultivate and strengthen our ties with the European Community. Even if we have not always seen eye to eye and had our differences with the Europeans, we have no doubt that the road to peace will pass through Europe as well (Yitzhak Rabin, cited in Gilbert, 2008: 552–55).

Introduction

In 1988, Ilan Greilsammer and Joseph Weiler edited a volume entitled Europe and Israel: Troubled Neighbours (Greilsammer and Weiler, 1988). The subtitle was repeated in 2006 by Rory Miller in an article published in Israel Affairs called ‘Troubled Neighbours: The EU and Israel’ (Miller, 2006). Finally, in 2010, Sharon Pardo and Joel ...

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