An IDF soldier confronts a Palestinian man in the West Bank
An IDF soldier confronts a Palestinian man in the West Bank
Photo: AFP
An IDF soldier confronts a Palestinian man in the West Bank

European, Arab diplomats try to revive Mideast peace efforts

Panel says moves will depend on outcome of elections both in Israel and PA amid new tensions between Israel and Arab countries around Jerusalem; Egpyt, Jordan call to 'save two-state solution'

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Published: 03.11.21, 22:49
Leading European and Arab world diplomats announced potential "small steps" Thursday toward reviving Mideast peace efforts after upcoming Israeli and Palestinian elections.
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  • The officials — from the UN, EU, Egypt, Jordan, Germany and France — did not release any specific details, however. And the meeting came amid new tensions between Israel and Arab countries around Jerusalem.
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    An IDF soldier confronts a Palestinian man in the West Bank
    An IDF soldier confronts a Palestinian man in the West Bank
    An IDF soldier confronts a Palestinian man in the West Bank
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    There have not been any serious Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in over a decade and it is unclear what the diplomats can do concretely to create conditions to bring the two sides closer together, especially without the participation of the U.S.
    The Biden administration has called on both sides to refrain from unilateral steps that could harm peace efforts but has yet to announce any major effort to resolve the decades-old conflict as it focuses on the coronavirus, the economy and other domestic issues.
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    Nassif Hitti Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants (R) during a joint press conference with Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs
    Nassif Hitti Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants (R) during a joint press conference with Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs
    French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian
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    "We are going to initiate meetings with both parties within a timeframe built around the electoral calendar to identify, with them, the steps they are in a position to take to kickstart mutual trust," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. He mentioned possible health and economic measures, without elaborating.
    Any next moves will depend on the outcome of the Israeli election on March 23, as well as the Palestinian elections later this year.
    The election results could complicate relations, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned, stressing the importance of pursuing dialogue in the meantime. "It is very important that the subject remains on the agenda," he said.
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    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Auschwitz
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Auschwitz
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Auschwitz
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    The Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers urged efforts "to save the two-state solution."
    The new UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Tor Wennesland, also took part in Thursday's talks.
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