European Union's New Special Middle East Representative to Work From Brussels, Not Israel

New envoy is Susanna Terstal, the Netherlands' former ambassador to Iran ■ Terstal's predecessor in the role worked from Israel, but she is slated to work from EU headquarters

The European Union's designated candidate for the role of special envoy to the Middle East, Susanna Terstal, is slated to work from the EU's headquarters in Brussels and not from Israel, like her predecessor.

Terstal, the Netherlands' former ambassador to Iran, will likely replace Fernando Gentilini, who has recently moved to the management of the Middle East and North Africa regions in the European Union's foreign policy service. The Council of the European Union is expected to formally decide on the appointment in September.

Susanna Terstal, the European Union's designated candidate for the position of Middle East special representative.
Susanna Terstal / Twitter

>> The complicated truth behind Israel's love-hate relationship with the EU

The EU has announced recently that it will reexamine its involvement in the promotion of the two-state solution. The organization's conclusions will be shared toward the end of August with the EU's foreign ministers.

According to the statement, which was published by EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini's spokeswoman, the process to reexamine the approach will be led by Gentilini and Christian Danielsson, a senior European Comission official, both of whom recently met with Israeli and Palestinian representatives.

The statement added that the purpose of the process is to ensure that the nature of European involvement in the region, which includes diplomatic activity, financial aid, and more, is as "efficient and effective" as possible with the purpose of advancing the two-state solution. The aforementioned also applies to Gaza, which, together with the West Bank, the statement describes as "an integral part of a future Palestinian state."

The EU emphasized that it has no intention of reducing the current level of funding or to change its policy regarding the peace process in the Middle East, but rather, to "hear the positions" of both parties regarding obstacles to peace and the implementation of the two-state solution. The statement added that the EU "remains firmly committed" to the two-state solution as the "only realistic solution" to a fair and lasting peace.