Book presentation: “The Star and the Scepter. A diplomatic History of Israel” by Dr Emmanuel Navon

The EJC held a special webinar with Dr Emmanuel Navon to discuss Israel’s foreign policy challenges and his new book ‘The Star and the Scepter. A Diplomatic History of Israel’.

 

About the book: 

The first all-encompassing book on Israel’s foreign policy and the diplomatic history of the Jewish people, “The Star and the Scepter” retraces and explains the interactions of Jews with other nations from the ancient kingdoms of Israel to modernity.

Starting with the Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel Navon argues that one cannot grasp Israel’s interactions with the world without understanding how Judaism’s founding document has shaped the Jewish psyche. He sheds light on the people of Israel’s foreign policy through the ages: the ancient kingdoms of Israel, Jewish diasporas in Europe from the Middle Ages to the emancipation, the emerging nineteenth-century Zionist movement, and Zionist diplomacy following World War I and surrounding World War II.

Navon elucidates Israel’s foreign policy from the birth of the state in 1948 to our days: the dilemmas and choices at the beginning of the Cold War; Israel’s attempts to establish periphery alliances; the Arab-Israeli conflict; Israel’s relations with Europe, the United States, Russia, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the United Nations, and the Jewish diasporas; and how twenty-first-century energy geopolitics is transforming Israel’s foreign relations today.

Navon’s analysis is rooted in two central ideas, represented by the Star of David (faith) and the scepter (political power). First, he contends that the interactions of Jews with the world have always been best served by combining faith with pragmatism. Second, Navon shows how the state of Israel owes its diplomatic achievements to national assertiveness and hard power—not only military strength but economic prowess and technological innovation. Demonstrating that diplomacy is a balancing act between ideals and realpolitik, “The Star and the Scepter” draws aspirational and pragmatic lessons from Israel’s exceptional diplomatic history.

related

Subscribe to EJC newsletter

Get EJC's bi-weekly newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Events & Meetings

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses European Anti-Racism Summit

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed 2021 European Anti-Racism Summit co-hosted by the European Commission, the  Portuguese Presidency of the European Council and the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup of the European Parliament (ARDI).

Raya Kalenova in conversation with the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova took part in an online conversation with the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ).

Book presentation: “The Star and the Scepter. A diplomatic History of Israel” by Dr Emmanuel Navon

The EJC held a special webinar presenting the latest book by international relations expert Dr. Emmanuel Navon, entitled: ‘The Star and the Scepter. A Diplomatic History of Israel’.

EJC holds webinar “Antisemitism and sexism: points of intersection”

On International Women's Day, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) organised an online conference on the topic of the intersection between antisemitism and sexism featuring MEP Ilana Cicurel, Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur and Brussels region MP Viviane Teitelbaum.

EJC holds online Directors’ Meeting

The European Jewish Congress held its annual meeting of Directors of Jewish communities online. Over thirty directors, professionals and experts from Jewish communities came together to discuss recent developments and exchange best practices.