President Obama’s Middle East envoy George Mitchell may travel to the Middle East as early as this week.
CNN is reporting that Mitchell the schedule is still being planned, but initial stops include Jerusalem; Ramallah, West Bank; Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; and possibly Saudi Arabia as well as Europe.
President Barack Obama on Thursday named Mitchell as his special envoy to the region.
But it is not yet clear how much Mitchell can do to formulate a new policy that will satisfy all sides in the region.
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh expressed a widely held view in the Online Journal yesterday:
In naming George Mitchell as special envoy to the Middle East, President Obama unfortunately made statements indicating no departure from the failing policies of previous administrations.
In particular, Obama emphasized Israel’s right to “defend itself,” never once mentioned things like the occupation or international law, attacked Hamas (a duly elected movement that represents a significant portion of the Palestinian people), supported the strangulation of Gaza, demanded no resistance from an occupied people, and supported the Israeli occupiers in their violence that most recently killed over 400 children.
Former Sen. George Mitchell says that “there is no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended.”