The European Union announced Monday that it would consult with Israel and the Palestinian Authority on its engagement in support of the two-state solution in the region. A first report on the issue will be submitted to the forum of EU foreign ministers toward the end of August.
European Commission Director General Christian Danielsson, and Fernando Gentilini, who is managing director for the Middle East and North Africa and former Special Representative for the Middle East, will hold consultations this week with representatives of Israel and the PA, according to a statement published by Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. This decision was made at the EU foreign ministers meeting back in September 2017.
The objective of the review, according to the statement, is to ensure "EU's engagement – activities and instruments, the EU's diplomatic engagement, financial assistance and EU civilian missions – are as efficient and as effective as possible" in order to advance the two-state solution. According to the announcement, “including in Gaza which, together with the West Bank, is an integral part of a future Palestinian state."
The EU stresses that “there is no intention to reduce the current level of EU funding, nor to review EU policies on the Middle East Peace Process," but rather to "hear the views" of both parties and “to raise and discuss with them any obstacles to peace and to the viability of the two-state solution." The EU also stresses that it “remains firmly committed to the two-state solution as the only realistic and viable way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."