뉴욕타임즈 사설: 아무도 탐내지 않을 직책

Editorial: AN UNENVIABLE JOB
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We welcome President Obama’s choice of George Mitchell to be his new Middle East envoy. It is an unenviable and essential job. 우리는 오바마 대통령이 조지 미첼(George Mitchell)을 새 중동 특사(the Middle East envoy)로 선정한 것을 환영한다. 그것은 아무도 부러워할 사람이 없는 긴요한 직책이다. A former Senate majority leader, Mr. Mitchell has the stature to represent the new administration. He negotiated the 1998 Good Friday accord in Northern Ireland, good training for taking on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 전 상원 원내총무인 미첼 씨는 새 행정부를 대표하기에 충분한 거물이다. 그는 북 아이얼랜드(Northern Ireland)의 1998년 굿 프라이데이 합의(the Good Friday accord)를 협상한 인물이며, 그 작업은 이스라엘-팔레스타인 분쟁을 다루기 위한 훌륭한 연습이었다고 볼 수 있다. As a Lebanese-American, his appointment also sends an important signal that the United States will continue to be an unwavering ally of Israel but also sensitive to the Palestinians’ many legitimate grievances. 레바논계 미국인인 그가 임명된 것은 미국이 이스라엘에게 동요 없는 동맹국으로 계속 남아 있으면서 한편 팔레스타인 사람들이 가지고 있는 여러 가지 정당한 불만에 대하여 계속 민감할 것이라는 중요한 신호이다. His report on a failed Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire pact, produced in 2001 at former President Bill Clinton’s request, suggests Mr. Mitchell’s even-handed approach. It urged the Israeli government to freeze construction of new settlements and stop shooting at unarmed demonstrators, and Palestinians to prevent terrorist attacks and punish the perpetrators. That advice remains sound. We fear Mr. Mitchell will find the situation even more difficult today. Eight years later, Hamas is in control of Gaza and shows no interest in making peace with Israel. The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, who controls the West Bank, is committed to a two-state solution but has been dangerously weakened by Israel’s invasion of Gaza. One of Mr. Mitchell’s first tasks will be to find ways both to lessen the suffering of Gazans and bolster Mr. Abbas. To succeed, Mr. Mitchell will need strong support from President Obama and, we hope, a good relationship with a new Israeli prime minister who is fully committed to a two-state solution. It is a tough job. We wish him luck. January 23, 2009 (ⓒ 2009 The New York Times) (ⓒ2009 usabriefing.net)
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