Accession Number : ADA620652


Title :   The Troubled Relationship Between Israel and the European Union: An Empirical Explanation


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Lavoie, Patrick V


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620652.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 95


Abstract : A peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict has eluded the international system for sixty-seven years. As time passes, insoluble physical and political conditions in the region risk the achievement of a lasting peace. Standing in the way is the European Union's (EU) tempestuous relationship with Israel. In order to forge a peaceful settlement of the conflict, an understanding of EU foreign policy toward Israel is necessary. This thesis seeks to explain the permissive cause of EU foreign policy toward Israel using the case study of the Arab-Israeli Conflict between 1973 and 2010. In the context of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, three widely held international relations theories that demonstrate explanatory power for EU foreign policy are realism, constructivism, and liberalism. The case study illustrates, however, that in conformance with the principles of liberal internationalism, EU foreign policy with respect to Israel is framed around the tenets of democracy, interdependent economic systems, and the employment of international institutions, which explains the volatile nature of the bi-lateral relationship. While the EU engages Israel with the breadth of its institutions and pursues an enduring economic relationship, Israel s occupation of the Palestinian territories, perceived human rights violations, and settlement activity violate European democratic truths and strain the relationship.


Descriptors :   *EUROPEAN UNION , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *ISRAEL , CASE STUDIES , COMMUNITIES , CONFLICT , CRISIS MANAGEMENT , DEMOCRACY , DIPLOMACY , FOREIGN POLICY , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , MIDDLE EAST , PALESTINIANS , PEACETIME , POLITICAL PARTIES , THESES , TREATIES , UNITED NATIONS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE