Distinguished diplomat George Mitchell, a former Democratic Majority Leader who also brokered peace in Northern Ireland and served as a special envoy to the Middle East for President Obama, convincingly argues in his new book, “A Path To Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East,” that the comparison liberals often make between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and apartheid South Africa is flawed.
“I think it is a misapplication of the word,” Mitchell said in a Salon Talks interview about the book. “Although it could occur I don’t think it’s the case now. The Palestinians don’t want to live in an Israeli state. They want their own state. Apartheid suggests a single state with two classes. I think what they want is an independent sovereign state of their own. And that is the challenge that I think we need to address.”
Read more and watch the video interview at Salon.