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Mitchell (Us) wants to work with the Europeans

Mitchell more European than Ashton
. Senator George Mitchell – the American special envoy for the Middle East – was at the European Parliament on Wednesday for an informal and discreet meeting with several MEPs specializing in the subject (the coordinators of the main groups and delegations concerned). An interview that lasted an hour. But Mitchell's message was clear: Americans " want to work with the EU on the Middle East ". " We cannot go it alone” he explained, thus asking the Europeans to get involved.

The partial lifting of the blockade on Gaza. On Israel and Palestine, the American message seemed more engaged. Of course the " desire to relaunch the peace process is reaffirmed. The question of peace in the Middle East does not only concern Israelis and Palestinians, " it concerns us too » he assured. But on Gaza, Mitchell's message was particularly firm, MEPs told me, calling for the blockade to be lifted. “ Border crossings must be ensured. It's not a political question, it's a question of life for the population ". Mitchell thus confirmed that the USA had released $900 million. of which 58% (pro rata) devoted to Gaza. Which is a clear sign of openness. “The reconstruction of Gaza must be a priority,” he recalled, along with the need to ensure Israel's security. This clearly implies a change of position since today construction materials are prohibited from entering the Gaza Strip.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).