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Monday, June 22, 2015

With friends like this... Tony Blair negotiating end to Gaza 'blockade' with Hamas

Recently departed 'quartet' (remember them?) envoy Tony Blair has been negotiating an end to the Gaza 'blockade' with Hamas' Khaled Meshaal.
Tony Blair met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal twice in Doha to discuss ways to end the Gaza siege, the Middle East Eye website has reported, citing unnamed sources.
The website reported on Monday that the pair last met prior to Blair stepping down from his post as the representative of the Quartet of Middle East power brokers in May.
It was reported that they discussed ways to end the Gaza siege, including the possibility of a rolling ceasefire, and that Blair's negotiations were being supported by the UK, the United States and the European Union. Two Arab states and Israel were also reportedly aware of the discussions.
Though Blair has stepped down from his post with the Quartet, the discussions are reportedly continuing.
Neither the recognition of Israel, nor the decommissioning of Hamas' arsenal, would be a requirement for any potential deal, the website reported.
Wonder which two Arab states? I'd bet on Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

What could go wrong?

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At 3:53 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

I suspect this is a just a financial transaction to personally enrich Blair. Of course you can never discount the ravings of his wife and her family so maybe it's a genuine effort to front for Hamas.


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