George Mitchell, the man behind the peace negotiation in Northern Ireland has given up his latest assignment. The special emissary to the Middle East has decided to resign after two years of effort to achieve peace in the Middle East.
Mitchell's departure is a clear sign that there will not be any new peace negotiations from the administration. It is said that Mitchell’s is responsible for the current situation of the peace process in the Middle East.
“There's nothing they can do right now,” said former negotiator Aaron David Miller. Adding that Mitchell is not responsible for the “current state of the peace process,” as the policy of the East is controlled by the White House.
Miller also said that the Israel-Palestine problem is “Eighty percent the reality, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were willing to tough issues” and 20 percent the Obama administration, which inflated expectations, wrongfully elevated the settlement issue, and now there are no negotiations, no strategies and no peace process.
To blame Mitchell for an administration that never had an effective strategy is just wrong, said Miller. Obama called Mitchell “a tireless advocate for peace whose deep commitment to resolving conflict and advancing democracy has contributed immeasurably to the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security.”“Mitchell worked hours to advance U.S. interests” Obama said.
David Hale, his deputy will now become acting envoy.