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May 27, 2015 2:41 pm

Tony Blair to Step Down as Middle East Quartet Envoy

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Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is stepping down from his position as special envoy of the Middle East Quartet. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Former British prime minister Tony Blair will be stepping down from his position as special envoy of the Middle East Quartet.

The Quartet, which is comprised of the United States, Russia, the United Nations, and the European Union, was established in 2002 during the height of the second Palestinian intifada (uprising) and has a stated mission of working to support of the Palestinian people “as they build the institutions and economy of a viable and peaceful state in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

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Blair, who served as British prime minister from 1997-2007, has served as special envoy since stepping down as the U.K.’s leader. According to sources, Blair had felt the position was “limited” to only supporting the Palestinians and had a number of “political constraints.”

Blair will now “concentrate on strengthening relations between Israel and the wider Arab world,” which he hopes can “underpin international efforts to end the ongoing impasse in the peace process,” the BBC reported.

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  • SARA RIFKA

    THANKS, MR. BLAIR FOR SOME ASPECT OF TRUTH….THE IMBALANCE OF SUPPORT FOR THE PALESTINIANS…..TOO BAD YOU DID NOT HAVE THE POWER TO DO THIS SOONER……OR,

    ARE YOU SETTING PUNISHMENT FOR A GROUP THAT DID NOT HONOR THEIR REMUNERATION….

    SOMETHING DOES NOT FIT IN THE CLOSET MR. BLAIR…..’THE TRUTH’

  • Genghis Cohen

    Tony Blair is a good person charged with a probably impossible task. He is to try to cajole primitive tribesmen, who have been emotionally supercharged by their “medicine-men” to kill Jews. First remove the Imams and the Mufti-of-the-moment who relentlessly foment hatred, and then find a few people of reason among them to negotiate with. Come to think of it, Europeans don’t have a history of peace-making that inspires hope.

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