Cover Osteuropa 9-11/2019

In Osteuropa 9-11/2019

Staying on course
The EU and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Anders Persson

Deutsche Fassung


Despite very rapid changes in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and throughout the Middle East, the EU continues to support a two-state solution. During the 1970s, the member states of the European Community jointly developed this approach as a pioneering concept for a just peace in the Middle East. Today, the EU’s Middle East policy is on the verge of becoming irrelevant. Furthermore, the member states are finding it increasingly difficult to agree on a common position. However, those that criticise the continued adherence to the two-state solution offer no alternative concepts for peace in the Middle East. The EU would therefore be wise, with its new concept of resilience, not throw what is regarded as being the right approach overboard.

(Osteuropa 9-11/2019, pp. 429–437)