A coalition of 21 aid organisations has issued their report on Thursday, charging the so-called Quartet of Middle East negotiators with failing to make significant progress towards peace in the region.
The report says that the EU, Russia, the US and the UN had not delivered on half of their goals, adding that in some instances, the situation had even become worse since the much-hyped Annapolis conference last year.
Despite at least 18 calls for the contrary by the Quartet, the report cited accelerated expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, as one of the points of deterioration.
Besides, the report says Israeli restrictions on movement in the occupied West Bank continue, and that an Israeli-led blockade of the Gaza Strip has not been eased, despite a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Last week, in an interview with Al Jazeera, Tony Blair, the so-called special envoy of the Middle East Quartet, claimed that roadblocks are slowly being removed in the West Bank.
He said: “We are working now, not just with the Palestinians but with the Israelis, to try to move those roadblocks, to get them progressively lifted.
“For example, in and around the Jenin area … what we’re trying to do is deliver a different form of security operations so that the Palestinians take charge of their security.”
Palestinian security forces have been allowed to assume more control in the West Bank city of Jenin because the Israeli military has pulled back, under mediation.
The report was released on the eve of a meeting of the Middle East Quartet in New York. CARE International UK, Oxfam and Save the Children UK, are some of the groups criticising its performance.
The Quartet needed to “formulate an action plan to reassess its performance, to acknowledge its shortcomings and to hold all parties to the conflict accountable”, Salaam Kannan, director of Save the Children UK’s programmes in the West Bank, told Al Jazeera.
Some improvements have been made, she acknowledged, namely “increased fuel to Gaza – though not in sufficient quantities – and improvement in the Palestinian security reform strategy”.