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Israel and Europe: An Expanding Abyss?

Filed under: Europe and Israel

The relationship between Europe and Israel is complex, tense, and historically loaded. Over the years a gap has developed between their perspectives. Although not measurable, many observers believe it continues to widen and has become an abyss.

At the same time, European-Israeli relations in areas such as trade, science, culture, and sport have expanded and only partially been affected by the political divergence. Given the prevailing mood in Europe, the question is whether the impact of that discord will gradually aggravate the situation in other areas as well.

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