EU pushes for two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

On 27 March, the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, reiterated the EU's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mogherini stated her position after meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, whom she assured that the EU opposes Israeli settlement policy and considers settlements in Palestinian territory illegal under international law.

In recent weeks, Donald Trump also recommended to his Israeli counterpart to wait with further settlements construction. Additionally, Trump partially questioned the idea of a two-state solution, saying he prefers an option both sides agree with, even a one-state solution. However, this was denied the following day by the leaders of Trump's administration, who said the US still support the idea of two states. On Wednesday, 29 March, Arab leaders also stood up for Palestine and the two-state solution during a one-day summit where they also harshly criticized Israel's stance. According to them, the settlements hinder a two-state solution. The administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seem to move away from a two-state solution as well, criticizing especially Palestine's approach and the solution's conditions. However, due to demographic developments, neither a one-state solution might represent an ideal option for a Jewish Israel.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák

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