Kirill Solod
The Golda Meir Institute for Political and Social studies

New bid of the State of Israel

Today we are witnessing a number of different Wars – political (struggle for influence and electorate), ideological (right versus left, conservatives versus liberals and etc), informational (struggle between real and alternative facts) and actual (using lethal weapons).

At a time when Israel is waging war for its survival (Israel’s current reaction to the events of October 7 cannot be called otherwise), leading Western countries are radically changing its attitude and level of support for Israel, solely following news headlines.

Today the State of Israel finds itself at a fateful crossroads in the issue of revising bilateral relations. At a time when it was important for the State to rely on partners, Israel was in a situation when decisions of the leadership of leading Western countries changed almost on daily basis, often in the opposite direction. One of the reasons for this kind of behavior is the lack of strategy in relations with Israel.

Taking into consideration the fact that relations with the United States and with a number of Western Europe resemble a seesaw ride, the idea of developing relations with Eastern European and the Baltic countries seems more appropriate for Israel. These countries follow long-term planning, including matters of bilateral relations. The internal political situation in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltics can be characterized as stable. These countries have connections with the Jews (in particular, historical and cultural). In addition, they understand their responsibility for the events of the mid 20th century.

Despite the global trend to support the Palestinian issue, countries such as the Czech Republic unequivocally support Israel, for example, by announcing their intention to move the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

It is more than possible to build long-term mutually beneficial relationship with countries such as Moldova, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia. Such a union could allow its participants to unlock their potential. According to a number of experts, Eastern Europe and the Baltic states have the potential for economic growth against the background of the stagnation of Central Europe economies. Israel, for its part, can be a source of investment and technology. Considering the large number of repatriates from Eastern European and Baltic countries living in Israel, there is every chance that these relations will in fact become bilateral.

About the Author
Political advisor. Research analyst. Government Relations, International Affairs, Political Sociology. Head of The Golda Meir Institute for Political and Social studies and managing partner of the Institute of Political Consulting LS GROUP. Former consultant to M. Gorbachev on public relations. Former head of NGOs in Russia. MBA, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, 2010). Repatriated to Israel in 2017.
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