George Mitchell's reollection of History is accurate but he may have forgotten that the Administration that chose that course of action was not re-elected for a second term. Perhaps the attempt to punish an ally by withholding loan guarantees played some part in this.
17-year-old Palestinian killed by IDF on Friday laid to rest near Ramallah (Haaretz)
from the article: State Dept.: U.S. not planning to withhold Israel loan guarantees