Former Sen. George J. Mitchell, who brokered Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace agreement, recently received The Abraham Fund’s second annual Pioneer of Coexistence Award for his work as chairman of the peace talks. The Abraham Fund, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing coexistence between Isr’l’s Jewish and Arab citizens, gave Mitchell the award at its Celebration of Coexistence Dinner, at the Waldorf Astoria’s Starlight Roof, in New York last Thursday.
"Senator Mitchell’s success in forging an agreement between disparate groups of citizens in Northern Ireland represents one of the century’s most significant achievements in coexistence," said Alan B. Slifka, chairman and co-founder of The Abraham Fund. "The patience, diligence, and skill that he demonstrated in negotiating the peace accord has inspired people around the world. It exemplifies the progress that The Abraham Fund hopes to see achieved in all nations torn by ethnic, religious, or cultural strife."