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Where Israel and Europe Go From Here

Why Economic and Strategic Cooperation Have Never Been Better

Europe’s complex relationship with Israel is evolving again. The coming centenary of the Balfour Declaration—in which Britain expressed support for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people—will serve as a reminder that the Zionist endeavor has always pressed against sensitive nerves in Europe. Deep divergences endure over Israel in European minds: some consider it an outpost of Western civilization and a justified expression of Jewish self-determination, others an embarrassing colonial hangover. But Europe is changing, and so is Israel. On the one hand, the economic, security, and identity crisis in Europe is creating …

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