The foreign Affairs Council met Arab leaders in Brussels on Monday 26th February. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on the top of the meeting’s agenda.
The European Union (EU) wants to play an important role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process while they are helpless in the situation in Syria. Trump’s administration claimed in December 2017 that American’s Embassy has to move on in Jerusalem and the reunion between Arab ministers and the foreign ministers of the European Union tends to respond to the American strategy. They want to find a way to reconnect the dialog with the United States to find a valuable solution for Israeli and Palestinians.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Frederica Mogherini, declared that the EU has a common position against radicalism and that religious aspects must not interfere in peace negotiation. Luxembourg minister, Jean Aselborn, said that there is no alternative to the “Two states” solution and that Arab ministers gave a strong signal to coming in Brussels on Monday.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are closer to United States than they are with the European Union and can try to initiate discussions about Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Trump’s administration strategy.
The United States declared that the embassy’s transfer will take place in May 2018. It would be the end of the “Two States” solution.
For further information
Site de Agence Europe. Bulletin quotidien 27/02/2018. https://agenceurope.eu/pub/index.php?numPub=11969&pubType=1&numArticle=2&langage=fr
Site de Le Monde. “L’Union européenne cherche à faire entendre sa voix dans le conflit israélo-palestinien”, Jean-Pierre Stroobants, 26/02/2018. http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2018/02/26/l-union-europeenne-cherche-a-faire-entendre-sa-voix-dans-le-conflit-israelo-palestinien_5262886_3214.html
Euractiv. “How to get Europe back into the Middle East”, Franco Frattini, 26/02/2018. https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/opinion/how-to-get-europe-back-into-the-middle-east