Israel and East-Central Europe

Case Studies of Israel's Relations with Poland and Hungary

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Abstract

Israel's policy toward the region of East-Central Europe (ECE) started changing notably from 2004 onward, in response to the European Union (EU) enlargement process. The following years brought a further development of Israel's position toward the region and substantial changes in Israel's European policy. This article aims to track this evolution: not only Israel's position but also the shape as well as the content of bilateral and multilateral relations between Israel and selected ECE states. For the purpose of this analysis, special attention is paid to Israel's relations with Poland and Hungary, with primary focus on Israel's approaches and policy orientations. The article argues that while the ideological changes that occurred almost simultaneously in Poland, Israel, and Hungary at first created favorable conditions for the strengthening of bilateral and multilateral relations between all three countries, they soon became a divisive factor and obstacles to cooperation.

Contributor Notes

JOANNA DYDUCH is an Associate Professor at the Institute of the Middle and Far East, Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University of Krakow, and Chair of the European Association of Israel Studies. Her research interests lie in the area of Israel and European studies. E-mail: joanna.dyduch@uj.edu.pl

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