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Will Congress show its support for Middle East envoy George Mitchell?

By Faiz Shakir on February 20, 2009 at 9:48 am

"Will Congress show its support for Middle East envoy George Mitchell?"

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The pro-Israel, pro-peace group J Street is urging Congress to support a resolution (H. Res. 130) that expresses “support for the appointment of former Senator George Mitchell as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.” The resolution is sponsored by Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA), and it currently has 55 cosponsors. In an email, J Street’s Campaign Director Isaac Luria writes:

mitchellWouldn’t you think it would be a no-brainer for Congress to express support for appointing as Middle East Peace Envoy the man who brought peace to Northern Ireland?

Not so fast. One prominent Jewish community leader objected to Mitchell because he would be too “fair.” Right-wing Christian Zionist Gary Bauer said Mitchell is too “even-handed.”

The fight here is, of course, much larger than support for this one resolution or even for George Mitchell.

It’s about whether President Barack Obama has the political support to make a serious effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and how hard he’ll be able to push.

Check if your congressman is on the list of cosponsors. If not, give his/her office a call.

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