September 19, 2009 |
President Obama's Middle East envoy ended his most intensive round of shuttle diplomacy Friday without an agreement on one of the administration's top foreign policy goals, a revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The envoy, George J. Mitchell, has been trying for months to coax a package of concessions from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Arab states that would help Obama launch a regional peace initiative this fall. Mitchell left the region after six days of talks failed to bridge the gaps over several issues, including Jewish settlement expansion on land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.
January 30, 2009
Mitchell in Israel: A caption in Thursday's Section A with an article about Mideast envoy George J. Mitchell's arrival in Israel misidentified the man pictured with him as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. It was Israeli President Shimon Peres.
January 29, 2009 |
George J. Mitchell, the new U.S. envoy to the Middle East, arrived in Israel on Wednesday to begin testing his axiom that there's no such thing as a conflict that cannot be ended. Yet even as Israeli and Palestinian leaders offered ideas on how the Obama administration can help bring about peace, the prevailing mood on both sides was that their decades-old fight had become almost hopelessly deadlocked.
January 27, 2009 |
President Obama dispatched his special Middle East envoy on his inaugural peacemaking trip Monday, declaring that former Sen. George J. Mitchell would speak for the White House in a search for "progress, not just photo ops." Obama's public appearance with Mitchell and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was his second in five days and placed a strong emphasis on the peacemaking efforts, which come when many analysts rate the chances for Arab-Israeli peace as the worst in decades.
January 24, 2009 |
During a grinding 18-month stretch in the 1990s, U.S. envoy George J. Mitchell crossed the Atlantic more than 100 times in a dogged search for peace between Northern Ireland's Protestants and Catholics. Even though he is a Catholic, Mitchell convinced Protestant Unionists of his evenhandedness, eventually reaching the Good Friday agreement in 1998 to help settle the 800-year dispute. "He's got this incredible patience to sit there until the deal is done," said Ross K.
December 15, 2007 |
George Mitchell knows athletic frustration. Growing up in the central Maine town of Waterville, he was the youngest and least athletic of the four Mitchell boys. Either he brought the bats and balls to the baseball field, or he wasn't allowed to play. Despite such indignities, sports was a huge part of his young life. And it still is. "I know when he talks about steroids and baseball, that is very personal to him," says Harold C.