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What defines the EU’s relations with Israel and the Palestinians?

As the Palestinian Authority’s financial deficit continues to get worse, the European Union has announced that it will be assisting humanitarian endeavours for Palestinians with an additional $24.7 million of aid. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, declared that the EU will retain its role as “the most reliable donor to the Palestinians.”

A reliable donor, however, does not compensate for the absence of a political partner which takes Palestinian demands seriously. The EU continues to distinguish between humanitarian aid for Palestinians and economic relations with Israel, putting the latter at a very distinct advantage.

Mogherini’s announcement was made prior to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) meeting in Brussels, which she described as “supporting a political objective” with reference to the two-state paradigm. Interestingly, she described EU aid to Palestinians as “an investment in security for the Palestinians, for the Israelis, for the region and for ourselves.”

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