Norway's ambiguous approach towards Israel and Palestine

Forum: The occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967: an analysis of Europe’s role

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Abstract

Norway’s ambiguous approach towards Israel and Palestine can be traced back to the 1940s when it was the most pro-Israeli of the three Nordic countries. Since then, there has been a change in perceptions of Israel amongst the Norwegian public and at the official government level. The article follows this change through four crucial phases: the first focuses on the period 1978 up until 1993; the second highlights the Oslo Accords period; the third elucidates the Second Intifada phase and the fourth concentrates on the time of the Gaza war of 2014 up to this day. While Middle East events influenced Norwegian public opinion vis-à-vis Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, policies of Norwegian governments throughout these periods did not necessarily reflect public opinion. Nowadays, the Norwegian government continues to enhance its economic relations with Israel, in spite of the more pro-Palestinian stance amongst the general public in Norway.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Affairs
Volume4
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)65-76
Number of pages12
ISSN2334-0460
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the Carlsbergfondet [grant number CFtS-0729].

Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached version of the article: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Global Affairs on 10 Aug 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23340460.2018.1507280”

Keywords

  • Norway
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • public opinion
  • Oslo accords
  • political parties
  • sanctions
  • settlements

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Norway's ambiguous approach towards Israel and Palestine : Forum: The occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967: an analysis of Europe’s role. / Pace, Michelle.

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