Because of both geographical proximity and historical relationships, the countries of Europe are well placed to serve as intermediaries between Israelis and Palestinians, and to establish an international programme to build a stable and peaceful Middle East. In addition, a healthy relationship between Israel, the future state of Palestine and the European Union will open up new possibilities of development in the entire region. However, for such a project to come to fruition, it is essential that Europe and its member states avoid trying to give lessons, for it will not be possible to contribute to negotiations without having the trust of both parties. The peoples of the Middle East do not want moralising lessons or critical speeches, but positive perspectives on a shared future. That is the task of European diplomacy.

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