Friend of the Gates, Karoline Henriques, is blogging away over at Women in International Security Israel (WIIS) (we’ve linked to some of her previous thoughts on the Iran deal in Geneva – here; and on women speaking politically here)
(Photo Credits: GPO (Israel’s Government’s Press Office)
She’s just published an end of 2013-analysis of the EU-Israel relations for WIIS (read it in full here), including the Association Agreement and the Horizon 2020 research program (the one that all but fell apart before an interesting dipslay of diplomatic word-smithing… (We dig Karoline’s recap on the WIIS blog, and if you want more details on Ashton-Livni, read Ha’aretz coverage here)
Some food for thought…
2014 will no doubt see both increased EU-Israel trade under the AA and commencement of research cooperation under the Horizon 2020 framework. Concurrently, there will be heated political debate on the issues of the Peace Process and the disputed areas in the West Bank. As there are absolutely no indications in the political landscape that the EU will change its current positions, the clashes between Jerusalem and Brussels will likely occur with increasing frequency in the coming year.