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The Emergence of Israeli-Greek Cooperation

  • Presents the first book-length study covering all the aspects of the new bilateral relationship between Israel and Greece

  • Uses in-depth interviews, documentary evidence, and other primary sources to provide first-hand understanding of foreign policy decision-making

  • Analyzes Israeli-Greek relations through the lens of Realist theory, focusing specifically on the concepts of balance of power and soft balancing

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

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    Pages 1-19
  3. Balance of Power and Soft Balancing

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    Pages 21-37
  4. The Fraught Relationship Between Greeks and Jews

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    Pages 39-54
  5. Greece, Israel, and the Rise of Turkey

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    Pages 55-75
  6. The Beginning of the Israeli–Greek Rapprochement

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    Pages 77-101
  7. The Intensification of Israeli–Greek Cooperation

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    Pages 103-133
  8. Conclusion

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    Pages 163-186

About this book

This book offers a detailed account of the recent Israeli-Greek rapprochement. For more than six decades, relations between Greece and Israel were characterized by suspicion, mutual recriminations and hostility. However, in 2009, Greek policy was unexpectedly overturned. This volume examines this new relationship in detail and explores its theoretical and regional consequences. The Introduction provides a general framework of Greek foreign policy within which the rapprochement with Israel was pursued. Chapter I presents the book’s theoretical framework, focusing on balance of power theory and emphasizing the arguments of Morgenthau, Waltz, and Mearsheimer. Chapter II delineates the fraught relations between the Greeks and the Jews, despite their cultural and historical commonalities, and analyzes the reasoning behind decades of antagonistic foreign policy. Chapter III describes how the rise of Turkey during Greece’s economic crisis and the gradual deterioration of the strategic partnership between Israel and Turkey combined to create a climate open to Israeli-Greek cooperation. Chapter IV examines the beginning of the rapprochement between Israel and Greece, highlighting Netanyahu’s historic 2010 visit to Greece. Chapter V explores the intensification of Israeli-Greek cooperation. Chapter VI discusses energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean, another key factor in the deterioration of Israeli-Turkish relations and the strengthening of ties between Greece and Israel. The book concludes with a return to theory, reiterating the Realist approach and using that framework to hypothesize about the future of the relationship between the two nations. This book is appropriate for graduate students and academics studying international relations and foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as policymakers, activists and journalists who want to have a clearer understanding of the Israeli-Greek rapprochement and other developments in the region.

Keywords

  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Realism
  • balance of power
  • foreign policy
  • soft balancing

Authors and Affiliations

  • Athens, Greece

    Aristotle Tziampiris

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eBook USD 39.99
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Softcover Book USD 54.99
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Hardcover Book USD 54.99
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  • Durable hardcover edition
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