TURKEY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION IN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE-BUILDING: CONVERGING OR DIVERGING STRATEGIES?

Taylan Özgür KAYA

Abstract


This paper aims to explore whether and -to what extent- there is a convergence between the EU’s and Turkey’s peacebuilding efforts towards the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It argues that both actors’ peacebuilding practices converge towards the creation of a favorable environment for peacebuilding through conflict sensitive development initiatives. To that end, they have supported Palestinian socio-economic development, infrastructure, institution and capacity building through their financial and technical aid, which was designed for helping Palestinian side to build a politically and economically viable state. Moreover, both actors supported civil initiatives aiming to contribute to the rebuilding of confidence and understanding within and between the Israeli and the Palestinian societies. The EU through the ‘EU Peace-building Initiative’ has supported individual or common civil initiatives of peace-oriented NGOs in Israel and Palestine. Similarly, several Turkish civil initiatives were launched as a part of Turkey’s peacebuilding efforts, such as “Ankara Forum for Economic Cooperation between Palestine, Israel and Turkey”. This initiative was launched by the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) as a tri-partite private sector dialogue mechanism among business associations from Turkey, Palestine and Israel. It has been part of TOBB’s broader initiative in the Middle East called ‘Industry for Peace (TOBB-BIS)’, which is designed to contribute to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process through business enterprises.

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