Israel and Europe: An Expanding Abyss


Israel and Europe: An Expanding Abyss? explores the complex, tense, and historically loaded relationship between Europe and Israel. Over the years a Fissure has developed between their political views. Many believe that it continues to widen and has become an abyss.

The introductory essay and the following interviews combine together as a reconnaissance mission into the essence of European-Israeli political relations. In the essay, the author illustrates how Israel and often European Jewiy have been made to pay for Europe’s major strategic mistakes in defense, energy, and immigration policies.

Europe has acted against Israel through voting for one-sided UN resolutions, political statements from the EU and member countries, and EU financing of NGOs hostile to Israel.

Israelis and Europeans should not, however, give up hope for better understanding. Israel should take the initiative to see how the damage can be limited without endangering its vital interests or remaining silent about European injustice toward it.

In the second part of the book, fourteen interviewees from Europe, Israel, and the United States discuss major aspects of the European-Israeli relationship.

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About Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is former Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where he founded and directed the Center's Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism program. His latest book is include The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle Against the Delegitimization of Israel and the Jews, and the Growth of New Anti-Semitism (2015). His previous books include Europe's Crumbling Myths - The Post-Holocaust Origins of Today’s Anti-Semitism; Judging the Netherlands: The Renewed Holocaust Restitution Process, 1997-2000;  Behind the Humanitarian Mask: The Nordic Countries, Israel and the Jews; and The Abuse of Holocaust Memory: Distortions and Responses.