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Tony Blair feels bad about the war in Iraq. But he still wants to try it again. 24.5.2016 Washington Post: World
A champion of the 2003 Iraq war wants a "proper ground war" against the Islamic State.
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The Dangers of Religious Primitivism 21.6.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
By stirring up the Middle East – from Western exploitation of oil to Zionist expulsion of Palestinians – Christians and Jews set in motion today’s “clash of civilizations” with Islam and launched all three religions on a path toward dangerous primitivism, a threat to humanity’s future, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson Prior to the Eighteenth…
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Mideast peace efforts suffer another setback 28.5.2015 Durango Herald
JERUSALEM – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community’s Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.The departure reflected the dire state...
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What has Blair achieved during his time as Middle East peace envoy? - video report 28.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Tony Blair is to step down next month as special representative of the quartet of international powers seeking a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, but what exactly has he done during his tenure? Blair took on the Middle East job shortly after he left Downing Street in June 2007, and was given the task of helping develop the Palestinian economy and improve governance. But he struggled from the start Continue reading...
Britain's Tony Blair reportedly to step down as U.N. Middle East envoy 27.5.2015 L.A. Times - World News
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in a letter to the United Nations chief on Wednesday that he will step down as the world body's special Middle East envoy at the end of June, British media reported, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.
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Tony Blair calls for 'new approach' to lifting up war-battered Gaza Strip 15.2.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Delay in Gaza rebuilding could threaten truce: Quartet 18.9.2014 CNN-IBN: World
The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of war-ravaged Gaza.
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Israel offers to extend Gaza cease-fire 7.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli official said Wednesday that Israel was willing to extend a three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip past its scheduled 8 a.m. Friday expiration, but the offer was not immediately accepted by Hamas, lending an air of uncertainty to talks in Cairo intended to fashion a long-term truce.

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Seven-hour Gaza ceasefire begins amid outrage at Israel strike on Palestinian school - live updates 4.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
  • Partial seven-hour Israeli ceasefire began at 10am (8am BST)
  • Ground operations to continue in Rafa, Israeli military says
  • Move follows outcry from US, UN and others at new school attack
  • Ban Ki-Moon calls attack moral outrage and a criminal act
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Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire plan to end Gaza fighting 15.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Hamas under pressure to halt rocket attacks after rejecting Cairo-brokered peace deal, saying it had not been consulted

Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal to end the week-long conflict in Gaza, suggesting that an end to the violence, which has killed more than 180 Palestinians, could be in sight.

But, in a sign of the animosity between the Cairo regime and Hamas, the Islamic movement in Gaza rejected the plan, saying it had not been consulted and terms for an end to the conflict had not been reached.

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Egypt calls on Israel and Hamas to agree ceasefire 15.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Statement urges Israel to refrain from ground invasion and for Palestinian factions in Gaza to stop firing rockets

Egypt has called for a ceasefire in the week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas, starting with "de-escalation" that was due to begin at 6am on Tuesday morning, raising hopes of serious international engagement in the crisis amid growing concern about bloodshed in Gaza.

Israel said its security cabinet would discuss the Egyptian proposals at a meeting on Tuesday morning.

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Tony Blair deserves criticism but military intervention isn't always wrong 3.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Blessing-Miles Tendi: After Iraq, using force is seen as inherently bad. But don't forget cost of failing to act in Rwanda

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WorldViews: Should Tony Blair leave the Middle East alone? 25.6.2014 Washington Post: World
Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, can't seem to get enough of the Middle East. He was a leading proponent of a war in Iraq that many now consider an unnecessary and ill-fated adventure. He spent the seven years since he left office as envoy of the Quartet, the geopolitical bloc that's trying to steer the lurching Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He has both celebrated and condemned the Arab uprisings of 2011, all the while collaborating with myriad regional actors and governments through his lucrative Lond0n-based consultancy Tony Blair Associates ...
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An appeal to the Quartet on the Middle East to sack Tony Blair | open letter 24.6.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Professor Noam Chomsky, Sir Richard Dalton, Caroline Lucas, Ken Livingstone and others argue that the former UK prime minister is tainted by the war in Iraq This Friday, 27 June, will mark the seven-year anniversary of Tony Blair's appointment as the Quartet representative to the Middle East. We, the undersigned, urge you to remove him with immediate effect as a result of his poor performance in the role, and his legacy in the region as a whole. We, like many, are appalled by Iraq's descent into a sectarian conflict that threatens its very existence as a nation, as well as the security of its neighbours. We are also dismayed, however, at Tony Blair's recent attempts to absolve himself of any responsibility for the current crisis by isolating it from the legacy of the Iraq war ...
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Tony Blair should be sacked as Middle East envoy, say former ambassadors 23.6.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Former UK prime minister is tainted by Iraq war and his achievements for quartet are negligible, signatories of letter say

A group of former British ambassadors have joined a campaign calling for Tony Blair to be removed from his role as Middle East envoy after his recent attempt to "absolve himself" of responsibility for the crisis in Iraq.

The letter, organised by the makers of George Galloway's film The Killing of Tony Blair, says the 2003 invasion of Iraq was to blame for the rise of "fundamentalist terrorism in a land where none existed previously".

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Tony Blair's Middle East speech should prick consciences and spur action | John McTernan 23.4.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
His reflections are as thoughtful, and thought provoking, as of old. But there is a new strain: wisdom Slowly and carefully, Tony Blair is re-entering the foreign policy debate in Britain. Or, more correctly, he is trying to get a mature debate going. His speech today at Bloomberg "Why the Middle East matters" was reflective, not didactic, and signalled a nuanced approach to the complex set of interconnected challenges in the region. This will come as no surprise to those who have followed his work as envoy of the Quartet on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with well over 100 visits to date. What is more of a surprise is that there is a need to make an argument that the Middle East still matters. After all, the peace process generates a lot of sound and fury here just take the noisy but fundamentally wrong boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) campaign aimed at Israel, one of the handful of democracies in the region. But there is, notes Blair, a weariness in the public. He ...
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Palestinians seek to drill for oil in West Bank 18.3.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
Palestinians seek to drill for oil in West Bank
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Palestinians seek investors to drill for oil in West Bank, but project remains in question 18.3.2014 Star Tribune: World
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David Cameron and Tony Blair on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process – video 13.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Prime minister David Cameron speaks on Thursday at the British consulate in Jerusalem alongside former PM Tony Blair



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Tony Blair briefs David Cameron for meeting with Palestinian president 13.3.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Quartet Middle East envoy updates Cameron on state of peace talks and Palestinian economy before PM sees Mahmoud Abbas David Cameron was briefed by Tony Blair in East Jerusalem on Thursday on the state of the Palestinian economy and the Middle East peace talks for a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas. Cameron has been in Israel to address its parliament, the Knesset, and meet Israeli leaders. His visit has coincided with one of the biggest rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza in more than a year. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, is trying to broker a peace deal with a deadline set for next month. He admitted to a congressional committee on Wednesday that levels of mistrust between Palestinians and Israelis were at an all-time high. But he said he was still hopeful an outline deal could be reached. Blair is due to make a large donation to the Labour party for its 2015 general election campaign. His meeting with Cameron, however, was focused on the state of the Middle East talks. Blair is ...
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