- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2009

DEVELOPING:

Former Senate Majority George Mitchell has emerged as the leading candidate for Mideast envoy in the Obama administration, an official in a leading Jewish organization says.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said Mr. Mitchell is “the frontrunner” for the envoy post, but that his selection is “likely but not definite.”

The position does not require Senate confirmation.

Should Mr. Mitchell be chosen, Mr. Hoenlein said U.S. Jewish groups will work with him, noting “we’ve worked with him in the past.”

Mr. Mitchell, who retired from the Senate in 1994, has remained active in public life. As U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland, he helped negotiate the Good Friday peace agreement that ended fighting. He also authored the so-called Mitchell Report on Israelis and the Palestinians.

The former senator was not immediately available for comment.


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