Daily Israel Report

2011 Herzliya Conference: Is Israel Losing Europe?

Israel and Europe remain friends, European experts say, but there is work to be done.
By Maayana Miskin & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 2/8/2011, 8:08 PM / Last Update: 2/9/2011, 3:13 AM

European experts spoke at the 2011 Herzliya Conference on the perception that Israel is losing support in Europe. While Europeans understand that Israel “lives in a difficult neighborhood,” most learn about Israel from the media, leaving them with misperceptions, said British Shadow Minister Michael Dugher.

Dr. Jurgen Ruttgers of Germany spoke of the “shared interest” in a peaceful Middle East, and of the need for Europe and Israel to make shared demands from the Arab world.