The US has reportedly managed to broker the resumption of indirect Middle East peace talks, although a recent report claims that Washington will not do much to help the peace process move forward in the near future.
The United States envoy for the Middle East, George Mitchell, was credited by the Western media for recently mediating the resumption of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
“I’m pleased that the Israeli and Palestinian leadership have accepted indirect talks. We’ve begun to discuss the structure and scope of these talks and I will return to the region next week to continue our discussions,” he said on Monday, Xinhua reported.
However, Washington’s efforts will probably not stretch any further.
On Saturday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted an internal Israeli Foreign Ministry report as saying that the administration of US President Barack Obama will settle for the limited goal of restarting the negotiations since it is preoccupied with domestic matters.
"In our assessment, the administration will focus in the coming year on domestic issues that are expected to determine the results of the Congressional elections," the report said. "As such, and due to the difficulties to date in achieving significant gains in the peace process, we can assume that the administration’s focus on this issue will be limited and will predominantly remain in the hands of Mitchell’s teams."