EU Strategy towards Israel-Palestine
Datum događanja: 12/05/2021
The Resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is a fundamental interest of the EU. The EU’s objective is a two-state solution with an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours.
The EU has consistently expressed its concerns about developments on the ground, which threaten to make a two-state solution impossible. According to the EU positions, the only way to resolve the conflict is through an agreement that ends the occupation which began in 1967, that ends all claims and that fulfils the aspirations of both parties. A one state reality would not be compatible with these aspirations. If an agreement to finally end the conflict were to be reached, the door would open to a deepened and enhanced cooperation among all the countries of the region.
The EU has strong political and economic relations with partners in the region including Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. These are underpinned by “Association Agreements” and by European Neighbourhood Policy “Action Plans". The EU is the largest donor to the Palestinians. In recent years, the combined contribution of the European Commission and EU member states has reached almost €1 billion per year. The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is the main framework to develop political as well as economic relations of the EU with both Israel and Palestinian authority.