The Mediating Man

George Mitchell's timing was not auspicious. His international fact-finding committee, established last November to investigate violence between Israelis and Palestinians, called last week for an immediate and unconditional end to the fighting. Two days after the final draft of the Mitchell Report was submitted, a suicide bomber killed seven people at an Israeli shopping mall and Israeli forces retaliated by shelling Palestinian security headquarters.

Still, if anyone can craft a lasting peace in the region, it's Mitchell. As longtime leader of the U.S. Senate's Democrats, he helped placate Republicans across the aisle. He went on to help...

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