A two-pronged approach, including both resumption of peace talks and preparing the ground for the establishment of a Palestinian state, is necessary in order to resolve the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell said in a
statement issued Thursday morning.
to the statement, both encouragement of the “parties to enter
negotiations to reach an agreement on all permanent status issues”
and helping “the Palestinians build the economy and institutions
that will be necessary when a Palestinian state is established” are
two objectives are mutually reinforcing. Each is essential. Neither
can be attained without the other,” the statement read.