About: Palestine

Global Europe 09-10-2017

Unity of Palestinian groups: What the EU should do

The EU can play an effective role to achieve the main objective which is the two-state solution. Initially, it should recognise Palestine based on the 1967 borders and condition it with disarming Hamas, writes Hamid Bahrami.
Europe's East 03-05-2017

Israel needs good relations with Europe

Israel has a vested interest in a strong European Union. It needs European partners in order to maintain its Zionist vision of a Jewish state. But Europe is losing interest in the Middle East peace process and Israel itself is not helping matters, warns Nitzan Horowitz.
Global Europe 16-02-2016

Beyond labelling: How Europe can save the two-state solution

The EU Foreign Affairs Council last month reaffirmed its policy of differentiating between products made in Israel, and those produced in settlements. By so doing, it upheld the principle underpinning in its labeling guidelines of November 2015, writes Mousa Jiryis.
Global Europe 12-11-2015

Why EU guidelines on Israeli settlements are welcome

EU guidelines on the "indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967" are a long overdue step forward, writes MEP Alyn Smith.
Global Europe 04-11-2015

EU decision to boycott settlement products will hurt Palestinian jobs

The EU decision to adopt new labeling on Israel's settlement products is perceived as an act of discrimination which will not help the diplomatic process, writes Yossi Lempkowicz.
Global Europe 16-10-2015

Revitalising the Middle East Quartet post-Blair?

As the Middle East Quartet comes back to life, the EU must allow its member states to play an active role in the informal international group, to promote peace in the region, writes Nimrod Goren.
Global Europe 18-09-2015

Challenges for EU soft power in the Middle East

Diplomacy and development are the foundations of the EU’s influence in the world. But they can only be effective if we truly understand the cultural and political landscapes of the countries we are trying to influence, writes Hans Gustaf Wessberg.
Israel's West Bank separation barrier
Global Europe 16-12-2014

Spreading ripples of hope from Europe to Palestine

Four national European parliaments have already voted to recognize Palestinian statehood. It's time the European Parliament does the same, Ilan Baruch writes.
Global Europe 15-12-2014

I hope MEPs will join me in voting to recognise Palestine

A legally binding vote to unconditionally recognise Palestine is the very least the EU can do, writes Keith Taylor.

An unsustainable refugee crisis

Few issues polarise public opinion more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whether it's Europe, or the United States, the problem is the same. One of the main reasons why is the ongoing crisis of what to do with the descendants of the 700,000 plus refugees, created by the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948. Spread around the world, their numbers today exceed 5 million.
Global Europe 27-08-2013

The US prepares for an intervention in Syria

The United States is now actively building the case for military intervention in Syria after having equivocated for days over the al Assad regime's chemical weapons attack, writes Strafor.
Global Europe 15-11-2012

The relevance of Israel and Gaza

This is the reality of the current round of the Palestinian-Israeli war: It matters to the Palestinians and Israelis but not to the world, beyond those who demand a world that is just and whose definition of justice is what they believe to be just, writes Stratfor.
Trade & Society 24-04-2012

Why the EU should reject Israeli trade pact

A few might argue that signing the the Conformity Assessment and Acceptance Agreement with Israel will bring economic benefits to the EU. In fact, the EU has much more to gain from rejecting it, argue Kataryzna Lemanska and Stuart Reigeluth.
Global Europe 21-03-2012

What happened to the state-building project in Palestine?

The recent World Bank report which draws a bleak picture of Palestinian state building projects reveals the real problem which is the absence of political objectives behind those initiatives, argues Dimitris Bouris.
Global Europe 14-09-2011

EU must support viable Palestinian state

The EU must make peace between Israel and Palestine one of the top priorities of its Middle East policy. But there can be no peace in the region without a viable Palestinian state, argues Eberhard Rhein.
Med & South 12-04-2011

Palestine/Israel: Time for donors to remove roadblocks

Although the world's attention is fixed on the Arab Spring, human rights abuses continue in the Palestinian territories and the EU should consciously use its aid policy to push for an end to the blockade of Gaza and a moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank, argues Chris Bain of CIDSE.
Global Europe 26-01-2011

‘Palestine Papers’ bear the failure of US as mediator

The leaked 'Palestine Papers' on concessions offered to Israel show the failure of the US as principal mediator and give the EU an opportunity to step up its role in peace talks, argues Spyros Danellis MEP, a member of the European Parliament's Palestine delegation, in an opinion piece sent exclusively to EURACTIV.
Global Europe 30-08-2010

Israel-Palestine: Peace this time?

The news that Israeli-Palestinian talks are to resume should not lead to over-expectations as to their outcome, warns Shlomo Avineri, director-general of Israel's Foreign Ministry under Yitzhak Rabin's first cabinet and professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Med & South 20-01-2009

Gaza’s hell : Why the EU must change its policy

"The EU has to restructure its failed strategy [in Gaza] and seek to bring the new US administration to a similar re-appraisal and policy change," argue Michael Emerson and Richard Youngs, associate senior research fellows at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and Natalie Tocci, senior research fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome, in a January CEPS report.
Central Europe 07-04-2005

Conflict Resolution in the Neighbourhood: Comparing the Role of the EU in the Turkish-Kurdish and Is

The aim of this paper, written by Nathalie Tocci and published by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), is to compare the manner in which the Union’s bilateral relations have affected two key conflict areas in its neighbourhood: the dispute between the Turkish state and the Kurds, and that between Israelis and Palestinians. The two conflicts differ significantly, as do the Union’s relations with the parties.

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