Europe starts preparing Mideast peace initiative

Intense deliberations at the highest Palestinian level took place in the aftermath of the US decision, leading to several policy decisions. Abbas is suggesting an international conference on a two-state solution, under the auspice of the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States plus Germany).

A senior EU official close to High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini told Al-Monitor that Brussels was very much taken aback by Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem in May. The European source qualified this decision as a kiss of death for any realistic US peace initiative. The EU will wait for another few weeks to ensure that there is no real US initiative, and then it will launch deliberation about an EU-led peace process initiative, led by France.

Such an initiative would entail a long list of elements. On the Israel-Palestinian issue, the initiative would guarantee Israel that its security interest will be enhanced, not under threat, by a peace process.
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