The EU and the Middle East peace process 

MEPs favour a two-solution for Israel and Palestine ©AP Images/European Union/EP  

A lasting peace between Israel and Palestine remains a priority for the European Union. In September 2015 MEPs called for a fresh EU approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict and for the resumption of credible peace efforts without delay. They also stressed the importance of preserving the viability of the two-state solution. In December 2014 MEPs voted overwhelmingly in support of the "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood".

The resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is of fundamental interest to the EU, believing that the best outcome would be a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable and contiguous Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel.

Learn more about Parliament's role in the Middle East peace process in our top story.