Mitchell's remarks come just a few days after President Obama said the U.S. administration had "overestimated" their ability to persuade the Israelis and Palestinians to resume "meaningful" peace talks.
On January 24, 2010, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, persisted in Israel's policy of laying claim by establishing "facts on the ground" in the West Bank during a tree planting ceremony in the Gush Etzion colony/settlement bloc, "Our message is clear: We are planting here, we will stay here, we will build here, this place will be an inseparable part of the State of Israel for eternity."
In 1973, Ariel Sharon predicted,
"We'll make a pastrami sandwich of them. We'll insert a strip of Jewish settlement, right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years time, neither the United Nations, nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart."
The 2003 peace "road map" obliged Israel to freeze "all settlement activity" and the World Court ruled that Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are all illegal.
Jewish settlers claim a God-given right to the West Bank, which they call by the biblical names Judea and Samaria but they ignore what their Torah commands:
"From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets taught...that the Jewish claim on the land of Israel was totally contingent on the moral and spiritual life of the Jews who lived there, and that the land would, as the Torah tells us, 'vomit you out' if people did not live according to the highest moral vision of Torah. Over and over again, the Torah repeated its most frequently stated mitzvah [command]:
"When you enter your land, do not oppress the stranger; the other, the one who is an outsider of your society, the powerless one and then not only 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself' but also 'you shall love the other.'" 
On January 22, 2010, Stephen M. Walt, esteemed Professor of international relations at Harvard University affirmed that Mideast special envoy George Mitchell, maybe the only politician in recent memory "to be universally admired in the United States" but warned if he wants to keep "his reputation intact, it is time for him to resign because he is wasting his time" vis a viereaching a resolution to the six decades of conflict in Israel Palestine.
Walt sited,Joe Klein's report in the Times, that President Obama's commitment to achieving a two states solution has failed and "this is as intractable a problem as you get." 
On January 24, 2010, James M. Wall, a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, wrote, "My dictionary says an intractable problem is that which is not easily governed, managed, directed, manipulated, relieved or cured. It does not say the problem is impossible to solve. What would make this particular problem impossible to solve is for the President to continue down the road he has followed in his first year in office. It is time for some serious policy overhauling. It is time to face the ghosts of the past. When it is time for some serious ghost busting, who you gonna call? I suggest Mitchell try a new perspective. Call Henry Siegman." 
In the January 7, 2010 edition ofThe Nation, Seigman noted, "Israel has crossed the threshold from "the only democracy in the Middle East' to the only apartheid regime in the Western world.
"In short, Middle East peacemaking efforts will continue to fail, and the possibility of a two-state solution will disappear, if US policy continues to ignore developments on the ground in the occupied territories and within Israel, which now can be reversed only through outside intervention. President Obama is uniquely positioned to help Israel reclaim Jewish and democratic ideals on which the state was founded--if he does not continue 'politics as usual.'" 
Israel is not-and never has been a Democracy!
In the May 28, 1993 edition of Yedioth Ahronoth, Ariel Sharon explained: