US Middle East envoy George Mitchell has postponed a visit to Israel amid a continuing quarrel over Israel's decision to build more Jewish homes in East Jerusalem. Tension remains high. The World's Matthew Bell chronicles the story.
Iran will be top priority for Defense Secretary Gates as he meets with Israeli leaders. Joining The Takeaway is Ethan Bronner, New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief, and Judith Kipper, Director of Institute of World Affairs' Middle East Programs.
George Mitchell was appointed by President Obama to serve as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace in January. I. William Zartman, Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, joins The Takeaway with some history and an analysis.
President Obama immediately named former Senate majority leader George Mitchell as special envoy to the Middle East and former United Nations ambassador Richard Holbrooke as envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, making it clear foreign policy is a priority.
President Obama visited the State Department, appointing two special envoys to troubled regions. The New York Times' Mark Landler joins us with a look at these two appointments and what they say about the new President's foreign policy strategy.
Anchor Lisa Mullins has details on President Obama's naming today of two special envoys. Former US ambassador Richard Holbrooke will be focusing on relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Former Senator George Mitchell will work on Middle East peace.
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