Former Sen. Mitchell Headed to Mideast 

Former Maine senator George Mitchell is wasting

little time in his new assignment to help bring peace to the Middle


An Israeli foreign office official says President Obama’s

special envoy to the Middle East is expected in Israel on Wednesday

for talks on reviving peace negotiations.

The official says Mitchell will meet with Israel’s prime

minister and other officials, as well as the Palestinian president

and prime minister in the West Bank.

There was no immediate confirmation from U.S. officials. The

Israeli official spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because

there had not yet been an official announcement from Washington.