Prof. Dimitris Keridis

Europe and Israel: What Went Wrong?

| February 1, 2004

With the Arab-Israeli peace process stumbling, a growing malaise has been inflicted on Euro-Israeli relations as expressed in Europeans’ fierce criticism of Israel’s policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians and in Israel’s distrust of Europe’s motives and actions. While most Europeans condemn terrorism and suicide bombings against innocent Israeli civilians, they remain sympathetic to the plight and national aspirations of the Palestinians. For many Israelis, Europe is morally confused and hypocritical, constantly verging towards appeasement and anti-Semitism.