A House Divided: EU Policy on the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

PRIO Policy Brief

Jensehaugen, Jørgen; Bruno Oliveira Martins; Hilde Henriksen Waage & Júlia Palik (2020) A House Divided: EU Policy on the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, MidEast Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

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​Traditionally, the EU has had a supportive function in the Israeli–Palestinian peace process. While the US has taken the diplomatic lead, the EU, like other donor countries such as Norway, has taken on the economic responsibility for constructing Palestinian state-like institutions and has offered diplomatic backing to the two-state solution. This division of labour has had two premises at its core: first, that a two-state solution is viable; and second, that Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the US all want a two-state solution. Today, these premises are no longer present. This policy brief calls these foundations into question in light of the current situation, raising important questions regarding a future EU policy.

Introducing the MidEast Policy Brief Series

​The MidEast Policy Brief series was launched in late 2019. The series aims to disseminate timely and relevant research to the wider public on topics relating to the MENA region, and provide research-based policy advice. Three policy briefs have been published in the series. The first assesses the viability of Kurdish and Palestinian quests for self-determination, the second lays out misconceptions about the Yemen War, while the third scrutinizes the foundations of the EU policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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