lundi 6 octobre 2008

Newropeans position - EU Neighbourhood Policy - 'European Strategy for the Stabilization of Israel-Palestine' (2009-2024)

The text below represents one very concrete outcome of Franck Biancheri's November 07 tour in Israel/Palestine: a major bullet-point in Newropeans programme...

Strategy over a period of 20 years to support peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

The past years have shown that the United States won’t solve the Israelo-Palestinian conflict. It is obvious that a stable and peaceful middle east, as a region bordering the EU, is in the common European interest. For this reason, Newropeans proposes a strategy to en dopen conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the European Strategy for the Stabilization (ESS) of Israel-Palestine.

As the project of Newropeans itself, this process targets a period of 15 to 20 years. Especially regarding this conflict, it is unrealistic to expect large progress in little time. To break the vicious circle of violence, it is necessary to change the mentality of both sides, which requires at least a generation, while continuously and coherently influencing both sides. It is only like this, that Israelis and Palestinians can themselves be the driving force behind the process of peace, which is a necessity for enduring peace and stability.

Eleven principles of the European Strategy for the Stabilization

To determine objectives and limits of the strategy proposed by Newropeans, and therefore contribute to its success, it is necessary to transparently present its 11 principles.

1. Peace is no objective in itself, but the result of a process aiming at peaceful coexistence of all parts of population.
2. A process of coexistence can, other than a peace process, include many groups and therefore increase the critical mass of those abandoning violence.
3. The EU does not want to replace local inhabitants. It is only them who can uphold peace. To create peace between peoples, it is beforehand necessary for them to have internal peace.
4. The EU wants to support the creation of an educational, scientific, cultural, economical, technological and political environment permitting peaceful coexistence.
5. The EU wants to propose a realistic schedule to achieve peaceful coexistence within a generation (20 years).
6. At the heart of this strategy are the coming generations in Israel and Palestine, as it is them who will be architects of their nations future.
7. The EU will, while respecting sovereignty, support initiatives of civil society who are in accordance with the objectives of the ESS.
8. The EU has via several aid payments become the biggest supporter and most important trade partner of Israel and Palestine and wants to use this for the sake of ESS. Every destruction of goods financed by the EU will be charged to the responsible parties.
9. The peaceful stabilization of the relations between Israel and Palestine does not necessarily require direct agreement between both peoples, but learning how to coexist with other peoples, cultures, languages and religions.
10. The democratically organized peaceful relocation of parts of population has to be a possibility, if it allows to calm hot spots and to draw commonly accepted borders.
11. The regions bordering Israel and Palestine will be embedded in the process, to allow long-term stabilization of the whole region.

On these eleven pillars, the EU will create a coherent policy for stabilization of the Isrealo- Palestine relations.

As every long term strategy, it is necessary to focus on the final objectives, the main points, and the general way of proceeding. The rest are tactical considerations to be taken adapted to the particular situation

Seven important operational goals of the ESS Israel-Palestine

The following seven goals determine according to Newropeans the European strategy in the region for the next 20 years:

A. Erasmus + Israel-Palestine: Palestinian and Israeli universities are independently included into the Erasmus program via an ad hoc enlargement. The aim is to have at least 50.000 students of both countries study for at least a semester at EU universities, and at the same time, have at least 50.000 EU students study in Israel or Palestine.

B. Bilingual Education: The EU should support bilingual education, that means creation of classes in both Hebrew in Palestine and Arab in Israel.

C. Jerusalem as capital of no state for 20 years: At least for a duration of 20 years, Jerusalem should be capital of neither one state, nor the other. The development of two distinct capitals, Tel Aviv and Ramallah, will be financially supported.

D. Territorial reorganization: Active support of territorial reorganization of both states, to allow the creation of homogenic and viable regions. EU will financially and technically support a territory exchange program aiming at a termination of the Gaza strips enclave situation and a return of Palestinian refugees on Palestinian territory. Participation in this relocation program will be supported by strong economical incentives.

E. Support of mobility: EU supports feasibility studies and realization of a fast train network linking Beirut via Amman and Tel Aviv with Cairo, as well as Baghdad and Damascus

F. Support of regional freedom of movement: Technical support in creating a zone of free circulation of goods and persons including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Iraq.

G. Support of mobility between EU and Israel-Palestine: Along with progresses made in ESS, EU will step by step introduce special regulations allowing Israeli and Palestinian citizens to more easily travel in the EU.

To fulfill these goals, EU will choose a long-term strategy, while searching to cooperate with local partners. These partners can be public organizations or NGO, groups or individuals. The cooperation would nonetheless be limited on concrete projects. Different than former, failed initiatives, there will be no demands to those partners beforehand to pursue politically correct goals or to issue particular statements. EU wants to negotiate with responsible parties aware of their interests, without degrading them beforehand or forcing them into submission.

Outside of the region, EU cooperates with all parties sharing the goals of ESS.

On the other hand, EU systematically uses the legal means available to sanction those who try to stop ESS from succeeding.

As first political movement on a European level, Newropeans will start the ESS process upon entry into European Parliament.

vendredi 23 novembre 2007

Friday, Nov 23rd - H. E. Mr Avi Primor

Tel Aviv, Nov 23rd, 2007 - Franck Biancheri with the Ambassador Avi Primor after they discussed the future role of the EU in the Israel-Palestine conflict

Friday, Nov 23rd - YIFC wrap-up meeting

Tel Aviv (YIFC HQ), Nov 22nd, 2007 - Franck Biancheri and Nimrod Goren in a wrap-up meeting with YIFC representatives on the future of EU-Israel relations

Schedule - Friday, 23.11.2007 / Tel Aviv

10.00 - Meeting with Amb. Avi Primor, Director, Trilateral Centre for European Studies, the interdisciplinary College Herzliya
12.00 - Roundtable discussion with YIFC members and friends

Thursday, Nov 22nd - Mr Kadura Fares

Ramallah (Palestinian Legislative Council), Nov. 22nd, 2007 - Meeting in Ramallah with Mr Kadura Fares, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council

Thursday, Nov. 22nd - Hakam Jadallah and Franck Biancheri at Arafat's Mausoleum

Ramallah (Arafat's mausoleum), Nov 22nd, 2007 - Franck Biancheri is with Hakam Jadallah, Director of the Young Palestinian Forum for Cooperation, at Yasser Arafat's Mausoleum

Thursday, Nov. 22nd - Arafat's Mausoleum

Ramallah (Arafat's Mausoleum), Nov 22nd, 2007 - Franck Biancheri stops at Yasser Arafat's mausoleum

Thursday, Nov 22nd - Young Palestinian civil society leaders

Ramallah (YPFC), Nov. 22nd, 2007 - Franck Biancheri meets with young palestinian civil socieety leaders of the Young Palestinians Forum for Cooperation

jeudi 22 novembre 2007

Tursday, Nov 22 - At check-point Qalandya

Thursday, Nov 22nd, 2007 - Waiting at check-point Qalandya...

Schedule - Thirsday, 22.11.2007 / Ramallah

10.00 - Meeting at check-point Qalandya
12.00 - Meetings with Qadora Fares and Mohamed Horami, members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and close associates from Marwan Barghouti
14.00 - Debate with young Palestinians from the Young Palestinian Forum for Cooperation

mercredi 21 novembre 2007

Wednesday, Nov 21 - At the Reut Institute

Tel Aviv (Reut Institute), Nov 21st, 2007 - Franck Biancheri with researchers from the Reut Institute (policy planning think-tank) and Nimrod Goren (Director of YIFC) on the left

Wednesday, Nov 21 - Conference "The Day after Annapolis"

Tel Aviv, Nov 21st, 2007 - Conference "The Day after Annapolis" organised by the Geneva Initiative on possible outcomes of the Annapolis Peace Summit

Wednesday, Nov 21 - Gadi Baltiansky

Tel Aviv, Nov 21st, 2007 - At the centre : Mr Gadi Baltiansky, Director General of the Geneva Initiative

Schedule - Wednesday, 21.11.2007 / Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv

8.15 - Taxi pick-up from hotel to Beer Sheva
10.00 - Discussion meeting with students for European studies at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva (organised by Dr Sharon Pardo and Michal Eskenazy)
12.00 Lunch with the Centre for the study of European politics and society
13.00 - Taxi drive-back to Tel-Aviv
16.00 - Visit to the Reut Institute : policy planning think-tank
18.30 - Participation to a conference on the possible outcomes of the Annaopolis Peace Summit (Geneva Initiative)

mardi 20 novembre 2007

Tuesday, Nov 20 - Member of Knesset Ephraim Sneh

Jerusalem (Knesset), Nov 20th, 2007: MK Ephraim Sneh (Labor Party, Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee) and Franck Biancheri (Newropeans President)

Tuesday, Nov 20 - Opening of the Crossing Border Club

Jerusalem (Hebrew University), Nov. 20th, 2007: Franck Biancheri inaugurates the Crossing Borders club at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gathering Israeli and Palestinian students

Tuesday, Nov 20 - Yohanan Plesner, Franck Biancheri and Nimrod Goren

Jerusalem (Knesset), Nov. 20th, 2007 : MK Yohanan Plener (Kadima), Franck Biancheri (Newropeans Presidentà and Nimrod Goren (Director YIFC)

A new Europe in the Middle East

Newropeans press release ME 01/2007 - 20/11/2007

We do what they are not doing.
The lack - and the urgency - of a real European policy for the Middle East is quite evident, and underlined by every independent observer.

The US-led peace process has failed, and Europe needs to assume its role in its neighbourhoods, but today's EU doesn't react: that's why Newropeans already launches a series of meetings and initiatives in Israel and Palestine, starting with this week's first steps by Franck Biancheri, Newropeans' President.

The next generation of European leaders is already preparing the ground for a new, strong political presence of the European Union in the Middle East

On Tuesday, November 20th Biancheri met with Arab and Jewish students in Jerusalem, he took part at the opening of the “Crossing Borders Club” ( at the Hebrew University, he had long and intense discussions with Labour and Kadima MPs.

On Wednesday, he travels to Beer Shiva, and back in Tel Aviv he explains Newropeans' point of view on the Annapolis Peace Summit and its possible outcomes; on Thursday, he'll have several meetings in Ramallah, with members of the Palestinian Legislative Council namely; on Friday, again meetings, conferences, debates in Tel Aviv...

Biancheri's return to Europe is scheduled for Saturday morning, just one week ahead of an important Newropeans' Executive Committee meeting (followed by the Agora) in Madrid, where the party's next steps have to be decided.

Franck Biancheri, who 20 years ago founded Aegee (the first Europe-wide student's network) and saved the Erasmus program from a premature death, knows very well that the peaceful future of this region is in the hands of its young generations: that's why, during his trip, he gives a particular attention to students and their networks.

Newropeans ( is the first ever trans-European party without any national base, it's not left nor right, it is a completely new type of organization. It's a time-limited party: once the proposed reforms will be done and European union will become more democratic, the party will dissolve, leaving the new democratic arena to other competitors.


Newropeans programme:

Newropeans' EU foreign policy:

Newropeans in the Middle East:

(the same blog in French) :

Schedule - Tuesday, 20.11.2007 / Jerusalem

Jerusalem, November 20, 2007 - Programme of Franck Biancheri's meetings

11.00 - Political meeting with MK Yahanan Plesner (Kadima)
Tour of Knesset

14.00 - Discussion meeting with Jewish and Arab students, opening of the Crossing Borders club at the Hebrew University

16.00 - ERASMUS meeting with Prof.Haim Rabinovitch, Rector of the Hebrew University

17.45 - Meeting with MK Ephraim Sneh (Travailliste), Member, Foreign affairs & Defence Committee

NIPI's first visit is for Israel and Palestine

By making of Israel and Palestine the destination of the first international policy visit of his president, Newropeans is clearly demonstrating how much the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution will be a top priority in coming years. Meanwhile, by looking at defining an independent EU strategy with a twenty years perspective, it aknowledeges that the region needs a very long term approach, with a priority given to the citizens of all sides.

It is time for the Europeans as well as for the Israelis and the Palestinians to aknowledge four facts:

. first that the peace process under US leadership has failed,
. second that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is directly affecting the neighbourhood of the EU,
. third that the EU has to use more effectively its growing economical, monetary and cultural influence in the region,
. fourth that the European Union experience in terms of integration of diverse cultures; religions an nationalities, if brought with modesty and under control of both Israelis and Palestinians civil societies, can be relevant for shaping up long term solutions.

The Newropeans are the 'sabras' of the EU, born after the Treaty of Rome, in an already existing united Europe. It may come with no surprise too many that they therefore develop a very innovative vision of the role of the EU in the world; an first of all in this region which is at the same time very closed to the EU geographically and historically, and, due to its current divisions, very far from the EU's vision of relations between people.

For my third trip to the region, I am certain that I will learn a lot from the meetings and conferences prepared by the the Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation an their Palestinian partners. These organizations and their members perfectly embody what we believe, in Newropeans, to be the best 'future builders' for the region. With their support and the inputs from all those who have accepted to discuss with me during this trip, I hope to help Newropeans define and adopt by Spring 2008 a very clear strategy for the EU in this region, for the next 20 years. One thing is certain, this outcome will be largely translated, circulated and discussed throughout the 27 Member states, during the Newropeans campaign for the June 2009 elections to the European Parliament.

Franck Biancheri (President of Newropeans) - Paris, November 18, 2007