Books: Searching for solutions

A veteran Mideast diplomat brings his own lens to the ongoing conflict.

By BEN FISHER
December 8, 2016 11:58
3 minute read.
Israel US relations

Then-US secretary of state Hillary Clinton welcomes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell to the State Department in Washington in September 2010. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine) may be better known to sports-inclined readers of The Jerusalem Post as the author of The Mitchell Report, a 2007 exposé on performance-enhancing drug use in Major League Baseball. But two years after the report was released, Mitchell was appointed by US President Barack Obama to a very new and different role – special envoy for Middle East peace.

With Alon Sachar, he has written A Path to Peace, a book that recounts the history and failings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, tells of Mitchell’s experiences as a diplomat in the region and lays out what they believe to be the best way forward. Sachar is a former adviser to both Mitchell and US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.

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