George Mitchell's emphasis on diplomacy will certainly help him tremendously on his mission, but he may need more than that to pierce through this conflict that has eluded all of his predecessors.
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Israel's latest assault on Gaza showed a very weak attempt at avoiding civilian deaths and injuries or the destruction of infrastructure. Similarly, Hamas rockets showed lack of concern for Israeli civilians.
Mitchell, an Arab American, was former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and widely recognized for his role in achieving peace in Northern Ireland. He has the stature the job demands.
It doesn't make a difference if the U.S. president is "good for Israel". What would be "good for Israel," would be an entirely new government in Israel.
Before attending an official prayer service this morning, President Barack Obama put in a bit of work, his communications office let it be known. And ...
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