The Middle East conflict: Changing context, new opportunities
The upheavals in the Arab world have brought new dynamics into the Middle East conflict. Israel finds itself increasingly isolated and is under growing pressure to advance the prospects for a two-state solution. The Palestinians have finally managed to seal a reconciliation deal, which marks a potential turning-point on the road to peace. The US and the EU must make some important choices too. A more pragmatic Western approach towards Hamas is indispensable if the peace process is ever to deliver meaningful results.