George Mitchell to be named special US envoy to Mideast - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Age of Obama

George Mitchell Photo: AP
George Mitchell Photo: AP
 
 

George Mitchell to be named special US envoy to Mideast

Barack Obama said to appoint veteran senator, author of Mitchell Report on al-Aqsa Intifada as his emissary to region

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 01.20.09, 16:31 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – One of Barack Obama's first moves once he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday is expected to be the nomination of Senator George Mitchell (D) as his Middle East envoy.

 

Mitchell is no stranger to Middle East affairs, as he headed the 2001 US Administration committee tasked with probing the events leading up to the 2000 al-Aqsa Intifada.

Opinion
In solidarity with Israel / Marc Schneier
Obama will be best served by embracing Dr. Martin Luther King’s pro-Israel legacy
Full story

 

According to the Washington Post, Mitchell's nomination suggests Obama intends to push for fast progress on the Israeli-Palestinian track. The official announcement about the nomination is expected to be published later Tuesday, once the Senate confirms Hillary Clinton as the new secretary of state.

 

Mitchell, 75, is considered one of Washington's prominent figures. A former House majority leader, he also served as former US President Bill Clinton's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.

 

In late 2000, Clinton tasked him with compiling a report about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the Mitchell Report was turned in after George W. Bush took office.

 

The report called for an immediate halt to all violence, rebuilding confidence between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as a prerequisite to any other move; a full-scale effort by the PA to prevent terrorism; the freezing of Israeli settlement activity and lifting the financial constraints placed on the territories by Israel.

 

The report also urged Israel to limit its use of deadly force.

 

The report further stated that while then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to Temple Mount was not the immediate catalyst for the violence, it did serve as a provocative agent.

 

The report was accepted by the Sharon government and later became the basis for Bush' Road Map peace initiative.

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
13 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    רשימת יישובים במרחב