Israel-Kosovo relations marked by shared sympathies, hampered by identity politics

Israel can be a chilly place for the politician of a fledgling nation who seeks statehood recognition.

So it was that Enver Hoxhaj of Kosovo was greeted with handshakes in Israel this week, but held no official governmental meetings and flew home after his three days without the one thing he dreamed of – a public pledge of formal diplomatic ties with Jerusalem.

“I have a strong emotional relationship with this country,” the former foreign minister of Kosovo told The Jerusalem Post, during a visit to its newsroom this week.


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