Trump, Europe and the Middle East peace process: a path out of the quicksand

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Series Details June 2017
Publication Date 23/06/2017
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The prospects for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict are receding, as Israel tightens its control over the West Bank. After the failure of US-sponsored talks in 2014, progress does not seem likely: neither side is particularly interested in negotiations and both are tightly constrained by domestic politics. US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to strike the “ultimate deal” and appears genuinely committed to push for peace, but he has been ambiguous about his commitment to the two-state solution. Any final settlement of the conflict remains far off. In these circumstances, it would be more productive if international diplomacy focused on intermediate steps to bring the parties gradually closer, without prejudicing the shape of a final agreement

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The Conversation, 17.02.17: Trump offers confusion rather than clarity on Israel-Palestine
ESO: Background information: Trump sees no need for two-state solution
Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 17.03.17: Don’t Let the Two-State Solution Die
France: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development: Conference for peace in the Middle East, Paris, 15 January 2017 (et al)

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