Yousef Munayyer (A New Mideast Approach, Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2008) has correctly pointed out the problems and solutions to the most important issue of our time, i.e., finding a peaceful resolution to the Palestine-Israeli conflict that would allow the two sides to live as peaceful neighbors. Bush's policy tilted so much in favor of the hard-line Israeli government that it was a disaster, and only made things more difficult for the new administration to find a middle ground that could be trusted by both parties.
The appointment of George Mitchell was the best thing that could have happened in a long time. As a trusted friend of Israel, who is still admired by the Arabs for his honesty and integrity, he may be able to do something that others had failed so miserably. Who knows at long last we may really see an independent and autonomous Palestinian state living side by side with Israel without being choked and harassed by its powerful neighbor.