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Political Background Discussion with Avi Primor

Berlin, May 5, 2010

Avi Primor, Director of the Center for European Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and former Israeli Ambassador to Germany, met with members of the German Bundestag as well as with representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the main theses of his essay on perspectives for peace in the Middle East ("Frieden in Nahost ist möglich – Deutschland muss Obama stärken"), which was recently published in the “Standpunkte” series of edition Körber-Stiftung.

In his opening statement Primor pointed out that Israel will give its assent to a peace agreement with the Palestinians only if its security can be guaranteed on a permanent basis. Against this backdrop Primor proposed that there should be an international peacekeeping force under the aegis of the European Union. It would need a robust mandate in order to satisfy the security requirements of the two conflicting parties. In the ensuing discussion the participants welcomed Primor’s commitment to peace in the Middle East, but called into question whether in fact the players involved really had the political will needed for the deployment of an international peacekeeping force.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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