The contradictions of the European aid to Palestine

Author: Laurence Thieux*


International cooperation in the Palestinian Territories has been closely associated since its inception with the peace initiatives undertaken by the different actors involved. European aid is no exception and acquired a preponderant weight since the beginning of the Oslo process and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. In the first part we will review and analyse the different actors and instruments that make up the complex architecture of European aid and the evolution of European aid to Palestine during the past 15 years. European aid to Palestine has strong political overtones, as it influences and is influenced by the political dynamics and evolution of the conflict. Since the second Intifada, the failure of the peace negotiations, the strengthening of the Israeli occupation, the blockade of the Gaza Strip and military offensives have led to a sharp deterioration in the living conditions of the Palestinians and political fragmentation that have made territorial unviable two-state solution, on which rested the entire process of political negotiation and disbursement of aid to support the creation of a Palestinian state. The second part of the paper seeks to highlight the contradictions that characterize European aid at the institutional level and in relation to the very objectives of the aid disbursed.


Keywords: International aid; European Union, Palestinian Territories, Israel, Peace process.


*Investigadora del Taller de Estudios Internacionales Mediterráneos (TEIM) de la Universidad Autónoma y del Grupo de Estudios sobre Sociedades Árabes y Musulmanes (GRESAM) de la Universidad Castilla-La-Mancha, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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