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Middle East peace talks at the end of the road? One-state reality consolidating

Nahost-Verhandlungen vor dem Aus: die Einstaatenrealität verfestigt sich

Asseburg, Muriel

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The nine months of negotiations agreed last summer by the US mediators and the two parties ended on 29 April 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry has since announced a pause in US facilitation activities. Yet, a definitive breakdown or failure of the Middle East peace talks bears far-reaching risks. Even if the mediators were to succeed in effecting a restart of talks, there is scant hope of bridging the rifts within the year envisaged – at least if the previous approach were to be maintained. That will lead to a further consolidation of the one-state reality that has long since emerged between the Mediterranean and River Jordan. Germany and its partners in the European Union must face up to the alternatives: either a much more robust approach to propel the talks to a two-state solution, or insistence on equal political, economic and cultural rights for all in the territories controlled by Israel. (author's abstract)
Keywords Israel; Palestinian territories; Middle East conflict; Palestinian-Israeli conflict; peace process; peace negotiation; settlement policy; conflict management; United States of America; EU; Federal Republic of Germany; security policy
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords Palestinian National Authority; Zwei-Staaten-Theorie; Gaza-Streifen
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 21/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications