The Middle East Institute was pleased to host Professor Sharon Pardo for a presentation on Israel's vital relationship with the European Union (EU). With over half a billion people in its 28 member states, the EU is Israel's largest trade partner. EU countries and Israel enjoy rich cultural exchanges as well as close security cooperation treating the Eastern Mediterranean. At the same time, the EU is a significant donor to the Palestinian Authority, and public sentiment in Europe regarding Israel's settlement and occupation policies is broadly negative.
Pardo and co-author Neve Gordon recently examined the complexities of the relationship in an article published by MEI in The Middle East Journal. At MEI, Dr. Pardo discussed Israeli perceptions of the EU and paths the relationship may take in Prime Minister Netanyahu's new term.
Sharon Pardo teaches at the Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the author of Normative Power Europe Meets Israel (Lexington, 2015, forthcoming), and, with Joel Peters, the coauthor of Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union (Lexington, 2010) and Israel and the European Union: A Documentary History (Lexington, 2012).
Kate Seelye (Moderator) is senior vice president of The Middle East Institute, where she oversees MEI's programs and communications. Prior to joining MEI, Seelye worked as a radio and television journalist covering the Arab world from 2000-2009 from her base in Beirut, Lebanon. She reported on the region for NPR, BBC's The World, PBS' Frontline/World and the renowned Channel Four British investigative news series, Unreported World. Prior to that she worked as a producer for the Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.