The EU and the Middle East Peace Process

Resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is a strategic priority for Europe. Until this is achieved, there will be little chance of solving other problems in the Middle East.

The EU’s objective is a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel and its other neighbours. The EU wants to see progress, not just process. To that end, the EU undertakes a range of activities – both political and practical – and is the largest donor to Palestinian state-building efforts.

The EU – with the UN, the US and the Russian Federation – is a member of the so-called ‘Quartet’, which in 2002 launched a ‘road map for peace’ aimed at resolving the conflict. The EU has praised the Arab Peace Initiative as a significant contribution from the Arab countries.

EU foreign ministers have described the closure of Gaza by Israel as ‘unacceptable and politically counterproductive’. In June 2010 the Foreign Affairs Council called for an urgent and fundamental change of policy and repeated an earlier call for the immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings so as to allow a flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons.

The solution must, at the same time, address Israel’s legitimate security concerns over violence and arms smuggling.

The EU considers that peace in the Middle East requires a comprehensive, regional solution. In this regard the EU supports peace talks between Israel and Syria, also between Israel and Lebanon.


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  • 18/03/2015
    High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu <p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs/Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu tonight to congratulate him for the result achieved in the Israeli general elections.</p> 03/18/2015 21:13:13 03/18/2015 21:13:13 03/18/2015 21:13:13 03/06/2016 21:13:13 2015031821 090126248ec91f84 N 090126248ec91f84 /statements-eeas/2015/150318_05_en.htm 4192 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150318_05_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150318_05_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150318_05_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150318_05_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 18/03/2015
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the general elections in Israel Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the general elections in Israel <p>Yesterday, the Israeli people voted in general elections. I congratulate Benyamin Netanyahu for his victory. I look forward to the formation of a new government.</p> 03/18/2015 00:00:00 03/18/2015 00:00:00 03/18/2015 00:00:00 03/06/2016 00:00:00 2015031800 090126248ec73c34 N 090126248ec73c34 /statements-eeas/2015/150318_01_en.htm 4450 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150318_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150318_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150318_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150318_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the general elections in Israel
  • 16/03/2015
    High Representative Federica Mogherini to appoint EU Special Representatives to the Middle East Peace Process and to Central Asia High Representative Federica Mogherini to appoint EU Special Representatives to the Middle East Peace Process and to Central Asia <p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, has proposed the appointment of new Special Representatives to support the work of the European Union on two important foreign policy files. The candidates have been endorsed by EU Member States in the Political and Security Committee today pending a final decision by the Council. </p> 03/16/2015 20:25:17 03/16/2015 20:25:17 03/16/2015 20:25:17 03/04/2016 20:25:17 2015031620 090126248ec2d833 N 090126248ec2d833 /statements-eeas/2015/150316_03_en.htm 7227 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150316_03_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150316_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150316_03_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150316_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    High Representative Federica Mogherini to appoint EU Special Representatives to the Middle East Peace Process and to Central Asia
  • 16/03/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council <p>Today, on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council, we had Africa as the strategic debate -  not only the crises, not only the threats, starting obviously from the terrorist one, but also the opportunities that the continent offers. Opportunities not only to its own people but also to its partners around the world. We discussed the need to move from a donor-recipient relationship to a full political partnership, with Africa as a whole, with the African Union, with some of the African countries and sub-regional organisations.</p> 03/16/2015 19:53:05 03/16/2015 19:53:05 03/16/2015 19:53:05 03/04/2016 19:53:05 2015031619 090126248ec2d561 N 090126248ec2d561 /statements-eeas/2015/150316_02_en.htm 10158 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150316_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150316_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150316_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council
  • 11/02/2015
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas <p>The visit of President Mahmoud Abbas was an opportunity for President Jean-Claude Juncker and myself to re-state EU's support for a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable State of Palestine living side-by-side with Israel and its other neighbours in peace and security.</p> 02/11/2015 21:15:27 02/11/2015 21:15:27 02/11/2015 21:15:27 02/11/2015 21:15:27 2015021121 090126248e564f85 N 090126248e564f85 /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_en.htm 10690 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas

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