George Mitchell

News and updates about George Mitchell

Netanyahu Blames PA for Failure

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tells US Mideast envoy George Mitchell he is sorry he resigned, and blames PA for failure of talks.

Netanyahu: Sorry to See Mitchell Go, PA Torpedoed Peace

Middle East Envoy Mitchell Quits

U.S. Special Middle East envoy George Mitchell, 77, has resigned his post.

Middle East Envoy Mitchell Quits

PA Rejects Any Compromise

Abbas rebuffs Mitchell’s appeal for “negotiations” and demands guarantees that its demands be met before returning to direct “talks” with Israel.

Abbas to Mitchell: Israel Must Accept All PA Demands

Mitchell Arrives: Talks or Trap?

Envoy Mitchell arrives in Israel. Publicly, Netanyahu appears happy and Abbas is upset, but the US may be setting up Israel to accept PA demands.

Mitchell Arrives, May be Setting Up Israel to Accept PA Demands

Back to Indirect Peace Talks?

Washington continues efforts to resume direct peace talks between Israel and PA, conducts separate talks with officials from each.

Peace Process: Back to Indirect Talks?

PLO Tells Abbas: Break Off Talks

PLO Executive Council called to discontinue direct talks with Israel if Jewish construction continues. Likud blasts PA, Kadima attacks Netanyahu.

PLO Decides to Break Off Talks. Obama Still Hoping for Change

US Ignores Lieberman

The US ignores Foreign Minister Lieberman UN speech on land exchanges that don't move people as Mitchell tries to unthaw Abbas’ freeze of talks.

US Ignores Lieberman’s Land Plan; Mitchell Faces Talks Freeze

Response to NYTimes Op-ed

Comparing the Irish-Britain talks to the Israel-PA situation is misleading, if only because in the latter, one side wants to obliterate the other.

Analysis: Response to NYTimes Op-ed

PA Continues to Reject Talks

While Abbas continues to reject direct peace negotiations, US Envoy Mitchell will soon travel to the region in order to promote such talks.

Abbas Continues to Reject Direct Negotiations

Abbas: Israeli Gov't 'Extremist'

Abbas called the Israeli government “extremist" and cast doubts on agreeing to mediated talks, hours before Netanyahu is to meet Mitchell.

Abbas Calls Israel ‘Extremist;’ Netanyahu to Meet Mitchell

Obama’s ’Reassuring' Phone Call

Obama “reassured” Netanyahu in a 20-minute phone call Monday as Mitchell arrives to mediate talks with PA, which may have other plans.

Obama ‘Reassures’ Bibi in Phone Call as Mitchell Arrives

Mitchell Makes Surprise Visit

United States envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel Thursday for a surprise visit that may be tied to 'progress' in US-moderated talks.

US Envoy Mitchell Makes Surprise Visit

Mitchell Heads for Israel

Mitchell heads for talks with Netanyahu and is armed with unprecedented stands by the Quartet and Obama against Jews living in parts of Jerusalem.

Mitchell Heads for Israel with More Pressure Tactics

Mitchell Delays Return to Israel

Mitchell delays his return trip to Israel while the US is waiting for Netanyahu to respond to questions on new housing for Jews in Jerusalem.

Mitchell Delays Return Trip, US ‘Waiting’ for Netanyahu

Divided PA OKs Talks

Sunday’s headlines screamed “PA approves talks with Israel" but did not report the other half of the story: Strong PA dissension.

Divided PA OKs Indirect Talks for Four Months

Doubts, Fears Overshadow Talks

Defense Minister Barak met with Mitchell Saturday night, but doubts and fears of violence echo the failure to resume direct Israeli-PA talks.

Fears of Violence Overshadow Indirect Israeli-PA Talks

Netanyahu: Gush Etzion Forever

Netanyahu reinforced his vow that Gush Etzion is “an eternal” part of Israel and planted a tree there. Maaleh Adumim and Ariel are next in line.

Netanyahu Digs In on Gush Etzion with Tree Planting

Arens: Israel Can Say ‘No’ to US

Former PM Shamir said ‘No' to Bush Sr.’s threats to hold back loan guarantees. Israel can do so today, says Shamir’s ex-Defense Minister Arens.

Arens: Mitchell Flexing Weak Economic Muscle

US: Lukewarm Praise for Freeze

U.S. officials responded almost immediately to the freeze announcement with brief statements offering lukewarm praise for the decision.

US: Lukewarm Praise for Building Freeze

Indyk Flunks Obama, Mitchell

Former US envoy to Israel Martin Indyk backed Obama for president. A year later, he gives him and George Mitchell failing marks in the Middle East

Ex-Envoy Indyk Flunks Obama, Mitchell on ‘Mideast 101’

Netanyahu Praises Obama on Iran

PM Netanyahu thanks U.S. President Obama for his stance on Iran in a meeting with envoy George Mitchell.

Netanyahu Praises Obama on Iran

Mitchell and Bibi: It's All Talk

Mitchell and Netanyahu talked for the second straight day Wednesday and reached an agreement: They will talk again on Friday.

Mitchell, Netanyahu End Talks with Agreement for More Talk

Mideast: It's All Talk

Netanyahu and Mitchell talks in London left a cloud of optimistic uncertainty that likely will lead to talks with Abbas – but no negotiations.

Netanyahu-Mitchell Talks End, More Planned

Skepticism over US Optimism

Israeli media fawned over a US statement that it is closer” to agreement with Israel. US media are skeptical: “We’ve been fed this line before.”

Skepticism over US Rose-Colored Mideast Glasses

Progress in Settlement Talks

Israel and the U.S. are close to an agreement on settlement construction, revealed the Prime Minister’s envoy to negotiations Yitzhak Molcho.

Israel Envoy: Progress in Settlement Talks with US

Bibi, Barak Warn US on Iran

PM Netanyahu and DM Barak warned U.S. Defense Secretary Gates in a meeting Monday that Israel takes the Iranian threat seriously.

Netanyahu, Barak Warn US on Iran

Will Israel-Syria Talks Resume?

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan will be in Syria on Wednesday for a surprise trip that may be an attempt to revive Israeli-Syrian talks.

Surprise Erdogan Visit to Damascus May Revive Israel-Syria Talks

US Denies Yesha Compromise

The State Department denied an Israeli media report of an agreement to build 2,500 homes for Jews in Yesha in return for a subsequent freeze.

US Denies Report of Compromise on Homes for Jews in Yesha

Barak: No Settlement Freeze Yet

Ehud Barak changed the emphasis of his meeting with George Mitchell, saying that focusing on Yesha construction will bring the sides to a dead end.

Barak: No Connection between Yesha Construction and Peace

Obama Hits Hard Mideast Ground

Mitchell and Netanyahu abruptly cancelled a meeting for this week in order to “clarify issues.” Mitchell will try again with Barak next week.

Obama’s Plans for PA State Stuck in Neutral

Mitchell: PA to Resume Talks

Mitchell announces the PA, which has refused to resume talks with Israel because of Netanyahu’s stand, will do so in “several weeks.”

Mitchell: PA Will Resume Talks Despite Call to Shun Israel

BBC: Mitchell Offers Land Swap

Mitchell works to break stalemate over large population centers in Judea and Samaria with a land swap. Will Arabs agree?

Mitchell Offers Swap of Israeli and Arab Population Centers