This introductory chapter begins with an overview of Israel’s relationship with Asia (that is, the region beyond Western Asia) since its establishment in 1948. It classifies this seventy-five-year period into three stages: Stage I: Mutual Disregard (1948-67); Stage II: Asian Rejection (1967-92); and Stage III: Rapprochement (1992-present day). It then proceeds to analyze the nature of contemporary Israel-Asia relations, while putting forward five premises. These premises deal with the sources of the transition since the 1990s, the scope of the relations in the twenty-first century, the relevance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the meaning of Asia to present-day Israel. The fifth premise suggests that Israel regards the countries of the Asian continent in a hierarchic form and tends to divide them into three circles which also form the organization of this volume: a core circle (China and India); a secondary circle (Japan, the two Koreas, Taiwan, and Singapore); and a peripheral circle (including all the rest of Asia).
|Title of host publication||Israel-Asia Relations in the Twenty-First Century|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Search for Partners in a Changing World|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||26|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2023|
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© 2023 selection and editorial matter, Yoram Evron and Rotem Kowner.
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- Social Sciences (all)