The EU or the major European States, either in a collective forum or individually, should simply recognize Palestine as a nation, and credibly threaten to downgrade relations with Israel until all settlement activity is halted and a schedule is agreed to for dismantling existing settlements. Even if such an initiative does not do very much in itself, it is likely to hasten the demise of the current Israeli government; which is a necessary condition for a realistic peace in the near future. Only by bypassing the US and intensifying Israel's isolation will enough pressure be brought to bear to salvage the two state solution and the current moderate leadership of the Palestinians before it is too late.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Europe must save the two-state solution