Mideast Envoy George Mitchell to Resign
He hasn't been able to advance talks between Israel, Palestinians
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2011 10:47 AM CDT
US Mideast envoy George Mitchell is stepping down.   (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

(Newser) – US officials say the Obama administration's special Mideast peace envoy, George Mitchell, is resigning after more than two largely fruitless years of trying to press Israel and the Palestinians into negotiations. The officials tell the AP that the White House is expected to announce today that the former senator and broker of the Northern Ireland peace deal is stepping down for personal reasons.

Mitchell, 77, had spent much of the last two years shuttling between the Israelis and Palestinians in a bid to restart long-stalled peace talks. But in recent months, his activity has slowed markedly as the two sides drifted farther apart.