Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Fall of George Mitchell

George Mitchell [background] quit after Obama sided with Dennis Ross.
Hillary Clinton remains.

Why George Mitchell Failed -Tawfik Hamid

Approaching the Arab-Israeli conflict from the perspective that it is about land, so that giving more land to the Palestinians will solve the problem, is a failed endeavor. Israel has already given Egypt the whole of the Sinai, and got nothing in return except a cold peace and rising anti-Semitism in the country. Similarly the disengagement from Gaza did not magically lead to a decline in the wave of anti-Semitism in the Muslim world.

Until U.S. envoys to the Middle East realize that the problem in the eyes of the Palestinians is not the borders of Israel but the very existence of the country, all future missions will similarly fail.
(Jerusalem Post)

Israeli Leader's Trip Loses Steam -Edmund Sanders & Paul Richter

The administration was deeply split on whether to offer an "Obama plan," with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, departing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell and some aides in the National Security Council arguing for it. The skeptics included White House Middle East advisor Dennis Ross
(Los Angeles Times)

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