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The Quartet Principles are the set of requirements laid out by the Quartet on the Middle East for the diplomatic recognition of a Palestinian government. The Quartet is a diplomatic entity that is composed of the United Nations, European Union, Russia, and the United States, and is involved with mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


The principles as outlined by the quartet are as follows:

  • A Palestinian state must recognize the state of Israel without prejudging what various grievances or claims are appropriate,
  • Abide by previous diplomatic agreements, and
  • Renounce violence as a means of achieving goals.[1]

UN Security Council endorsement

In resolution 1850, the UN Security Council endorsed the Quartet Principles as "in preparation for statehood".[2] Former US President George W. Bush personally sponsored the resolution[3], ostensibly as a parting gift to Israel.

International Response

  • Israel lauded the UN endorsement, stating that "The Security Council's statement that lasting peace can only be based on mutual recognition, ending terror and incitement and committing to the two-state solution, is an endorsement of core Israeli principles for the peace process."[1]
  • Palestinian negotiators called the resolution "encouraging", but noted the lack of clarity within the resolution.[4]

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