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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Blair: 'Arab spring makes peace harder'

Middle East 'quartet' envoy Tony Blair writes in the foreword to the new paperback edition of his autobiography that the 'Arab spring' has made peace between Israel and the 'Palestinians' more difficult.
Blair, still the special envoy of the quartet in the Middle East, admits the Arab spring is going to make it harder to secure a Palestinian peace deal since Israel is less certain about the nature of the threat it faces.

The stability and predictability of Israel's neighbours, he says, has been replaced by instability and unpredictability.

"For similar reasons, but with an opposite conclusion, the Palestinian leadership find it hard to go into negotiation with an Israeli partner they don't trust, to make difficult compromises which will be tough to sell, in circumstances where they don't know the regional context into which such compromises will be played."
Blair also supports US-European intervention in Libya, saying that it would be inconceivable to leave Muammar Gadhafi in power after the West agreed to Egypt's Hosni Mubarak being deposed. Curiously, Blair apparently has nothing to say about Syria.

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At 3:56 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Blair, like Obama and Cameron are war-mongers. This morning on BBC Radio 4 8am news, he was interviewed.

He said he agrees with Obama about the '67 lines. When the interviewer asked if he has reservations about Hamas, he did not mention that Hamas refuse to recognise Israel and just said there must be peaceful resolutions. Finally he talked about "change" a lot and at the end said he was "progressive".
This is the link, Bliar is on between 8 and 8.30am



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