Normalisation with Kosovo: Israel's expansion through the Balkan corridor

In early February, Kosovo and Israel established formal diplomatic ties, with Pristina recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowing to move its embassy to the disputed city. The agreement, signed in a virtual ceremony, was described as “historic” by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs while Kosovo’s top diplomat thanked Israel for becoming the 117th country to recognise its independence. The recognition of Kosovo has been a long-time thorn in Israel’s side since Pristina unilaterally parted from Serbia and officially declared independence on 17 February 2008. In part, Tel Aviv had …

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