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The United States will spare no effort in facilitating a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, including an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians that establishes the state of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel. That is why Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell was recently on the road, meeting with senior leaders in the region.
Special Envoy Mitchell's message echoes President Obama's earlier contention that resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in Israel’s interest, Palestine’s interest, America’s interest, and the world’s interest.
"President Obama's vision is of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East which includes peace between Israel and Palestinians, between Syria and Israel, and between Israel and Lebanon, and also the full normalization of relations between Israel and all of its neighbors in the region. That is our objective, and it is to that which we have committed ourselves fully."
"President Obama has asked all involved to support our effort," said Special Envoy Mitchell. Arab states need to take meaningful steps toward normalization of relations with Israel, such as improving trade and cultural relations.
Palestinians need to expand and improve their security forces, and must put a stop to incendiary words and actions toward Israel that could poison the atmosphere and inhibit negotiations. And Israel should allow improved access and mobility for Palestinians, a move that will help improve their economic situation, and dealing with difficult issues like settlements and outposts. Taking such steps in parallel would help to create the conditions for the prompt resumption and early conclusion of negotiations toward a lasting peace in the region.
And a lasting peace will improve the lives of everyone, said Special Envoy Mitchell:
"We believe that a full, comprehensive peace represents the best way to help all of the people of the region achieve the security, the peace, and the prospect for prosperity for individual citizens that all deserve."
The United States is firmly committed to working toward a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, including a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security.