Yossi Alpher is a former Mossad official and former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies
(Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming February 2015).
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Israel and the BRICS
Yossi Alpher , 16 September 2014
Israel's growing economic and security links with BRICS members Russia, India and China reflect Jerusalem's desire to diversify its strategic international ties. Israel is critically aware of the danger of European economic sanctions and, along with some sectors of European Jewry, perceives a rise in Islamic influence in Europe. It also seeks to compensate strategically for what is perceived as declining U.S. interest and capabilities in the region. One key background issue is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the three BRICS Eurasian powers may express sympathy with the Palestinian cause, but they do not allow this sentiment to interfere with their strategic and economic ties with Israel.
Collaboration among the BRICS countries is designed to constitute an alternative to the global political and economic dominance of Europe and the U.S. Israel appears to be interested in extending contacts with the grouping, even if its strategic links with the BRICS are still far overshadowed by those with the U.S. and Europe.