For a body that prides itself on its "soft power," the European Union has a remarkable capacity to stymie its own diplomatic goals through inept diplomacy.
A classic example was the UN-brokered agreement to reunify
The EU is now poised to make the same mistake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, via a draft document proposed by its rotating president,
Specifically, the document says that
But it doesn't demand that the Palestinians give up their dream of resettling millions of descendants of refugees in
It doesn't demand border adjustments to account for the hundreds of thousands of Jews who live over the Green Line, especially in
It doesn't demand that Palestinians recognize
Normally, these issues would be resolved during negotiations. But if the EU has already "given" the Palestinians East Jerusalem and the 1967 borders, the Palestinians have no need to make concessions on, say, the "right of return" in exchange. Nor need they make such concessions in exchange for anything else, because once borders and
Adopting this document would thus kill any chance of achieving one of the EU's own stated top priorities: Israeli-Palestinian peace. Evidently, some diplomats never learn.
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