Heady After Iran ‘Success’, EU Ministers Turn to Israel-PA Talks

Hot on the heels of her success in helping to broker a deal between the P5+1 and Iran, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is now planning to turn her efforts to getting the EU actively involved in favor of a two-state solution in Israel.

So reports European Jewish Press, quoting an "EU source."

The 28 EU Foreign Ministers are planning to meet Monday in Brussels, and the long stalemated diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will be on the table. Four months ago, the EU named a new special envoy for the Middle East peace talks, Fernando Gentilini, who will also be present at Monday’s meeting.

‘’The discussion will be much deeper than last time,’’ a senior EU official said, or warned, this past Friday, ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting. ‘’[The ministers] will examine how the EU can strengthen its contribution to the peace process, particularly to the two-state solution, and play a more important role,’’ the official said.

Many in Israel believe that an actual solution leading to acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state and true peace is currently impossible, and that therefore the status quo is better than any other option. They cite as proof past peace initiatives, all of which failed and brought increased Palestinian terrorism in their wake.

However, the EU has a different approach, and has often stated that the status-quo ‘’is not an option.’’ It rather supports a comprehensive agreement leading to an independent Palestinian state.

The last time the EU demanded a resumption of talks between Israel and the PA, PA officials renounced the idea of "Israeli settlement blocs" in Judea and Samaria – a concept that has been the basis of talks since at least 2004.

In April of that year, then-US President George W. Bush wrote to Israel's Prime Minister Sharon, "In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198330

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