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Israeli National SecurityA New Strategy for an Era of Change$
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Charles D. Freilich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190602932

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190602932.001.0001

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The Foreign Policy Response

The Foreign Policy Response

(p.258) 9 The Foreign Policy Response
Israeli National Security

Charles D. Freilich

Oxford University Press

Chapter 9 presents the basic components of Israel’s foreign policy, as distinct from defense, and its primary foreign relations today. Together, they comprise a “diplomatic response,” the foreign policy equivalent of Israel’s military responses. It includes strategic relationships with a number of countries, above all the United States, unique ties with the diaspora, the pursuit of peace, and soft power. Arab hostility and international isolation forced Israeli diplomacy into a defensive posture, and it has become subordinate to defense policy. Nevertheless, a number of governments have made dramatic peace proposals, and a shared threat perception is creating new possibilities for cooperation with Sunni states. Jordan’s stability remains of vital importance. Israel’s attempts to intervene in Arab politics were never very successful, and it has largely ceased trying to do so. Israel’s deep bilateral ties with European and other Western countries are increasingly marred by the Palestinian issue.

Keywords:   Israel, national security, foreign policy, diplomacy, United States, Europe, Jordan, peace, strategy, diaspora

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