Can George Mitchell bring peace to the Middle East?

Posted Jan. 27, 2009, at 11:31 a.m.

President Obama has named former Maine Sen. George Mitchell as his Middle East

envoy. Sen. Mitchell is credited with much of the success of the peace accords reached

between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Can he achieve the same sort of

resolution between Israelis and Palestinians? Or do those differences run too deep? Has

the U.S. lost momentum by putting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the back burner over

the last eight years? Or was the violence bound to return?