EU to host meeting with Israeli and Palestinian ministers amidst the Israel-Gaza war, contemplates peace steps

The meeting, taking place in Brussels, comes at a crucial juncture as the EU deliberates potential steps toward achieving a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

In a significant diplomatic move, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz and his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad al-Maliki, are set to meet with their European Union counterparts on Monday. The meeting, taking place in Brussels, comes at a crucial juncture as the European Union deliberates potential steps toward achieving a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

The EU’s regular meeting of foreign ministers will dedicate a substantial portion to discussions on the Middle East, focusing on the escalating issue of the Gaza conflict. Israel’s Israel Katz and the foreign minister from Palestine, Riyad al-Maliki will participate in the regular meeting of EU foreign ministers separately, in Brussels mostly devoted to the Middle East, and also taking stock of the conflict in Ukraine. The foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan and the secretary general of the League of Arab States are also going to attend the meeting. The timing of the meeting is particularly noteworthy, with the conflict in Gaza continuing to escalate. The EU seeks to leverage its diplomatic influence to explore potential avenues for de-escalation and the resumption of dialogue between Israel and Palestine.

The meeting is expected to provide a platform for the exchange of perspectives, allowing European leaders to hear directly from both Israeli and Palestinian representatives. The diplomatic service of the EU has sent a discussion paper to the 27 member countries. It suggests a road map to peace in the ongoing wide conflict between Israel and Palestine. The primary plan is to give a call for a preparatory peace conference to be organized by the EU, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the League of Arab States. The United Nations and the United States are also invited to the gathering as conveners. The conference is meant to move forward even if the Israelis and the Palestinians refuse to take part. The document suggested that both the parties are meant to be consulted at every step of the talks, to draw a peace plan.