A Strategic Friendship: Israeli Perceptions of the Israel-Cyprus Relationship

PCC Paper

Brander, Yonatan (2022) A Strategic Friendship: Israeli Perceptions of the Israel-Cyprus Relationship, Occasional Paper Series. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

​Over the past decade, Israel-Cyprus relations have improved dramatically. Jump-started by a shared concern over regional in/stability during the Arab Spring, a mutual desire to profit from discovery of large off-shore gas reserves in the Mediterranean, and the souring of Israel-Turkey relations, cooperation between the neighbors has rapidly become a major geopolitical reality in the Eastern Mediterranean. While others have discussed the emergence and nature of this new alignment, the present paper focuses on how viewed by the Israeli elites view the Israel-Cyprus relationship. Using media reports, parliamentary protocols, government statements, and other open-source materials, the paper examines how Israeli elites perceive the importance, nature and future of their strong relationship with the Republic of Cyprus.

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