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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fire Tony Blair!

Evelyn Gordon makes a great case for why Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair ought to be fired. But it's probably not for the reason you think: They don't listen to him anyway.
This week, for instance, Blair warned that the Arab Spring, far from making Israeli-Palestinian peace talks more urgent, makes them almost impossible. Israel no longer knows what regional threats it may face, he explained, while Palestinian leaders will have trouble making “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.”

That should be obvious.


But instead of recognizing these obvious facts, France is pushing a plan to resume negotiations in Paris this fall, while the U.S. is working on its own plan for autumn talks in Washington. That both also propose a formula entirely unacceptable to Israel — requiring it to cede the entire West Bank without any Palestinian concession on the refugees in exchange, in line with Barack Obama’s May 19 speech — is mere icing on the cake.

It would be better if the Quartet actually took Blair’s advice. But since it won’t, it may as well at least stop wasting money on an unheeded envoy.

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At 12:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl, don't worry.

The Palestinians just have to sit tight. In a few weeks, the Jews will have forgotten all about their so-called "red lines" and they will even offer to negotiate with Hamas.

Let's wait and see.


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