The EU spends some 300 million euros a year to help the Palestinians and has been doing so since the 1990s when the Oslo Accords were signed.
The European Union supports a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has kept that option alive, the incoming European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament.
Support for a Palestinian state that lives side-by-side in peace with an Israeli state “is not anti-Israeli or antisemitic,” Borrell said at a pre-confirmation hearing at the parliament in Brussels on Monday, in which he laid out some of his thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“The European position is to defend the two-state solution,” he said. “I hope this continues to be the EU position.”
Borrell, who is the Spanish Foreign Minister, is slated to replace outgoing EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, whose five-year term in office ends on October 31.
The EU has long held that it supports a two-state solution at the pre-1967 lines. The Palestinians have increasingly turned to the EU, and to the UN, to help lead a multilateral process to resolve the conflict.