The EU, Israel and Hamas
working paper by Clara Marina O"Donnell,
The US has embarked on a new attempt to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict, backed by wide international support. But the situation on the ground between Israel and the Palestinians is so bad that peace looks out of reach for now. The Palestinians are divided and feuding; half of them are outside the peace talks and virtually at war with Israel. Clara Marina O’Donnell suggests how the EU can help resolve the current stalemate and improve the prospects for peace, in particular by convincing its American and Israeli partners of the need to engage Hamas.