Dr. Emmanuel Navon
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Dr. Emmanuel Navon is a scholar and practitioner of diplomacy. He is the Executive Director of ELNET Israel (an NGO that promotes relations between Israel and Europe) and is an adjunct lecturer of International Relations at Tel Aviv University. He has also taught at Reichman University and at the IDF’s National Security College, and he is a senior analyst for i24news.
Dr. Navon has authored four books and dozens of articles that have appeared in professional journals, and in world-class newspapers such as Le Monde and Newsweek. His book The Star and the Scepter: A Diplomatic History of Israel (Jewish Publication Society/University of Nebraska Press, 2020) is an academic reference, which has been translated so far into Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Italian. Previously, Navon served as head of the Political Science and Communication Department at the Jerusalem Haredi College; as a founding partner of the Navon-Levy Group (a consultancy that promoted Israeli agricultural and energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa); as CEO of BNIC (an NGO that trained Israeli business leaders in diplomatic advocacy); and as a consultant with ARTTIC (a leading European consulting firm specialized in R&D funding).
Dr. Navon graduated in public administration from Sciences-Po and earned his Ph.D. in international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is equally fluent in English, French, and Hebrew, and is conversant in German and Italian.
Expert in international relations.
The New Emerging Energy Hub in the Eastern Mediterranean
The projected gas pipeline between Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy confirms that Israel's regional partnership has shifted from Turkey to Greece and that a new energy hub is emerging in the eastern Mediterranean. Yet this welcome geopolitical change has many opponents. Israel will need to act proactively and assess energy-related power struggles within the EU in order to actualize the pipeline.
Israel and the New Geopolitics of Energy
The geopolitics of energy is undergoing significant changes, because the oil weapon has weakened; Israel has emerged as a natural gas producer; and the Paris Agreement on the environment necessitates a reduction in oil consumption. To take full advantage of the situation, Israel should be export gas to Turkey and Egypt, not just to Europe.
Israel and the Palestinian Issue in the Biden Era
The next Israeli government would be well-advised to come-up with its own proposals for improving the life of Palestinians, both to further improve its own regional standing and to meet (some of the) administration’s expectations, in dialogue and partnership.
Israel’s European Dilemma
Israel should leverage its economic power and take advantage of the EU’s inner divisions, but it would not benefit from a divided Europe ruled by economic nationalists and anti-globalists aligned with Russia. To defend its national interests, Israel must develop ties with “rebellious” European governments, but only as a divide-and-rule tactic meant to break the Brussels consensus, not as a bond with forces that threaten to undermine free trade and the Atlantic alliance.
Snubbing Matteo Salvini makes no sense
Despite the fascist roots of Matteo Salvini's "Liga" party, upgrading relations with the current Italian government serves the national interest because it shall help Israel export it's natural gas to Europe as well as break the European consensus on Iran and on Jerusalem's status.
Israel and Europe: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
When dealing with Europe, Israel can leverage its many technology and counter-terror assets, and it should demand diplomatic consistency and evenhandedness from the European Commission and from European governments. Israel should be cautious regarding Europe's Eurosceptic governments and political parties.
Jerusalem is the test of US leadership in the Middle East
The Arab League’s Chairman, Ahmed Abul Gheit, has warned President Trump that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would do a disservice to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as well as ignite violence in the Middle-East. Given the absence of a peace process and given the abundance of violence in the Middle-East, Mr. Aboul-Gheit’s warning does not even pass the laughing test.
Stressing new coalition’s liberal values, Lapid looks to revive ties with EU
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: People in ‘old Europe’ were annoyed at Netanyahu’s policy of relying on the Visegrad Group to block decisions from the Council of Europe on Israel.
Israel, Russia play delicate balancing act in maintaining tricky relationship.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Ultimately, for Putin, it is not a bad thing that Israel is limiting Iranian presence in Syria.
Those who encourage the Palestinians to reject the deal of the century do not serve the cause of peace.
Selon l’universitaire israélien Emmanuel Navon, proche du Likoud, le plan de Donald Trump pour le Proche Orient n’interdirait pas la création d’un Etat palestinien digne de ce nom.
Based in Lebanon but entrenched in Latin America, Hezbollah helps Iran spread global terrorism.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: The Trump administration is determined to fight the Iranian and Hezbollah presence in South America.
Why haven’t more embassies moved to Jerusalem?
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Most countries have too many interests in the Arab and Muslim world to make a move that is seen as hostile in those countries, and the benefits are too small.
Instability in Jerusalem bodes poorly for Trump's peace plan.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Israel's transitional government is unlikely to make any significant decisions on the peace process without a clear mandate from the public.
Experts see Israel’s support for Venezuela’s Guaidó as a ‘win-win’.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: “It would have been inconceivable for Israel not to join the voices of free countries Guaidó has been recognized by the United States, Canada and most Latin American democracies.”
PM Netanyahu Planning Unprecedented Trip to Brazil for Bolsonaro Inauguration.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: It is important to have Brazil as an ally and to fight against Iran and its proxy Hizbullah’s influence in that region.
Israel's Netanyahu Embraces European Leaders With Controversial Views On Holocaust.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: No country in the world would sacrifice its national interest for the sake of moral values. Expecting Israel (and only Israel) to do so is absurd.
Italy’s far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Israel’s embrace of Salvini and “rebellious European governments” allows it to gain leverage over Western European powers, which have traditionally sympathized with the Palestinians.
Why is murder by Iran, but not Saudi Arabia, permissible?
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: While it is outrageous for President Trump to let Saudi Arabia get away with murder, the atomic agreement was also indefensible. At the end of the day this is about realpolitik.
Europeans working hard to sabotage US sanctions on Iran.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Germany and France want to circumvent U.S. sanctions for business reason. And the EU hates Trump, and will do whatever it can to circumvent him.
Stemming The Tide: France Boosts Aid To Jordan For Syrian Refugees.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Macron is seeking to fill the void left by the US in the Middle East, and boost France’s hard and soft power in the region.
Israelis Mark Jerusalem Day Amid New Political Reality.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: Move of the US embassy to Jerusalem marks a turning point in the city’s history. "It will be remembered as a major event.”
Bucking world opinion, Trump withdraws from Iran nuclear deal, imposes ‘highest level of economic sanctions’
Dr. Emmanuel Navon: "Iran will try to keep the agreement going for the cash and test economic ties with other powers. And it will be easier for Iran to cheat on the agreement without the U.S. involved.”
U.S. Embassy Relocation Possible within a Year, Experts Say. Dr. Emmanuel Navon: If Trump and Pence want to get things going they have to be very hands-on about it. The Media Line, 21.1.2018