George Mitchell crashes and burns on Charlie Rose

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    GEORGE MITCHELL: So what we got was a moratorium [on new settlements].
    Ten months. Far less than what was requested, but more significant than any
    action taken by any previous government of Israel for the 40 years that
    settlement enterprise has existed.

    Ten months of no new starts in the West Bank -- less than what we
    asked, much, much greater than any prior government has done. And we think
    over time it’s going to make a significant difference on the ground.

    CHARLIE ROSE: And you and Secretary Clinton praised Prime Minister
    Netanyahu for agreeing to that.

    GEORGE MITCHELL: Yes.

    CHARLIE ROSE: It does not include East Jerusalem. There’ve been
    announcement in the last 48 hours of new settlement construction in East
    Jerusalem where the Palestinians want to make their capital.

    GEORGE MITCHELL: Yes.

    CHARLIE ROSE: And it’s in the midst of Palestinians.

    GEORGE MITCHELL: If you go back over time and look at Camp David and
    the prior efforts, you will see that the single most difficult issue amidst
    an array of extremely difficult issues is Jerusalem.

    And it is very complicated, difficult, emotional on all sides.
    Jerusalem is significant to the three monotheistic religions--
    Christianity, Judaism, Islam. It’s important to everybody. We recognize
    that and we try to deal with it.

    But understand the different perspectives. Israel annexed Jerusalem
    in 1980.

    CHARLIE ROSE: "Annexed" is an important word.

    GEORGE MITCHELL: Annexed is a very important word. No other country,
    including the United States, recognizes that annexation. Neither do the
    Palestinians, nor the Arabs, of course.

    But for the Israelis, what they’re building in is in part of Israel.
    Now, the others don’t see it that way. So you have these widely divergent
    perspectives on the subject.

    Our view is let’s get into negotiations. Let’s deal with the issues
    and come up with the solution to all of them including Jerusalem which will
    be exceedingly difficult but, in my judgment, possible.

    The Israelis are not going to stop settlements in, or construction in
    East Jerusalem. They don’t regard that as a settlement because they think
    it’s part of Israel.

    CHARLIE ROSE: People recognize the annexation. How many countries?

    GEORGE MITCHELL: To the best of my knowledge, there aren’t any.
    Immediately after the annexation the United Nations...

    CHARLIE ROSE: So you’re going to let them go ahead even though no one
    recognizes the annexation?

    GEORGE MITCHELL: You say "Let them go ahead." It’s what they regard
    as their country. They don’t say they’re letting us go ahead when we build
    in Manhattan.

    CHARLIE ROSE: But don’t international rules have something to do with
    what somebody can do to define as their country?

    GEORGE MITCHELL: There are disputed legal issues. Of that there can
    be no doubt. And we could spend the next 14 years arguing over disputed
    legal issues or we can try to get a negotiation to resolve them in a manner
    that meets the aspirations of both societies.

    Keep this in mind -- the Israelis have a state, a very successful
    state. They want security, which they ought to have.