The Middle East peace process (MEPP) is frozen. The last round of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, engineered by then US President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, collapsed in April 2014, and war in Gaza erupted shortly afterwards. Since then, relations between the two parties have deteriorated steadily, and prospects for a two-state solution have receded further as Israel has tightened its control over the West Bank. Even if negotiations resume, a breakthrough is extremely unlikely; the time is not ripe for a comprehensive agreement. The conflict no longer dominates the international agenda in the region as it once did. The problems caused by the Arab Spring and its aftermath, the civil war in Syria, and the rise of the so-called Islamic State, have diverted the West’s attention from the MEPP.
Luigi Scazzieri, Research Fellow, Center for European Forum