Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Can Mitchell turn Jerusalem into Belfast?

Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 2 February 2009

A mural in Derry, Northern Ireland commemorates solidarity between Palestinians and Irish nationalists. (Ali Abunimah)

"US President Barack Obama's appointment of former Senator George Mitchell as his new Middle East envoy is a good choice. Mitchell helped broker the 1998 Belfast Agreement, the key to ending decades of strife in Northern Ireland. Because of historical similarities, that peace agreement is an important precedent for Palestinians and Israeli Jews. But will Mitchell be allowed to apply its lessons? The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah comments."

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