Paradox of finding peace in Middle East


Mitchell: "Difficult period ahead" for US on two-state solution

America's former Middle East envoy George Mitchell points out a paradox - the two state solution hasn't worked, despite 50 years of trying, but it is still the best option for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Senator Mitchell was the US's lead negotiator when Prime Minister Netanyahu committed himself to the two-state solution back in 2009, so he can be forgiven for sounding downbeat today.

But, Mr Mitchell says, the Palestinians never believed Mr Netanyahu anyway so his rejection of the two-state solution on the eve of the Israeli election comes as little surprise to them.