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To Revive the Two-State Solution, Europe Must Recognize Palestine

If the European Union truly wants to drive progress toward peace between Israel and Palestine, it must show courage and conviction. That means the EU's largest members, France and Germany, must recognize the state of Palestine along the pre-1967 borders.

AMMAN – As the contours of US President Joe Biden’s foreign policy become increasingly apparent, doubts about his commitment to resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict continue to grow. And those doubts raise an urgent question: Can anyone fill the diplomatic vacuum the United States leaves behind?

To be sure, Biden has moved quickly to reverse some of his predecessor’s more egregious policies. Less than a week after Biden’s inauguration, his administration announced its intention to restore US relations with the Palestinian leadership and restart aid to Palestinian refugees. It also re-committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But such tepid pledges – together with Biden’s apparent reluctance to call Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – don’t reflect the level of interest or dedication that would be needed to push the two sides toward a lasting peace. Clearly, America’s leaders believe they can get away with paying only lip service to the two-state solution.