Skip to comments.Tony Blair urges Israeli leader to 'take a chance' on peace as 100 prisoners freed (7-21-13)
Posted on 07/28/2013 7:26:09 PM PDT by haffast
Tony Blair was in Jerusalem yesterday to urge Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Give peace a chance.
The ex-Labour Prime Minister, now a go-between in new Middle East peace talks, told Israels leader to get a move on with concessions to the Palestinians.
Mr Netanyahu agreed to free at least 100 Palestinians who have been held in Israeli jails for more than 20 years.
In return it is expected that the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will relax his demand that a future Palestinian state must be based on the border from before the 1967 Six-Day War.
Hopes of lasting peace in the region rose after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced fresh talks in Washington before the end of the month.
Israeli Justice minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will initially meet to explore scope for agreement.
They will only be joined by Premier Netanyahu and President Abbas if a deal looks likely.
The last Washington peace summit collapsed three years ago and hopes of bringing the two sides together again were dashed when US peacebroker Senator George Mitchell quit in 2011.
Since then Mr Blair, special envoy for the quartet of the US, UN, EU and Russia, has been playing the middle-man and is on his 104th visit to Jerusalem.
Hes working quietly behind the scenes and will continue to be involved, a source told the Sunday People yesterday.
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Snake in the gra$$.
As I read this article an image starts to form in my head.
I see a little boy. And yes, there is a little girl with him. They are playing some kind of game. It’s a ball game of some sort but the ball isn’t round like balls are supposed to be.
Oh, I see now. It’s a football. And the liittle girl is holding it and the little boy is about to kick it.
Is Tony Blair morphing into Jimmuh Carter with an even more distinct accent?
Kerry unveils US$4b Palestinian investment plan
AFP ^ | 27 May 2013 4:45 AM | AFP/ac
“He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet’s special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries such as tourism, construction and agriculture.
Blair’s plan, being aided by some global business leaders who are giving their time free, could be “ground-shaking,” Kerry said, adding it could lead to “a private-sector-led healthy, sustainable Palestinian economy”.
The group was putting together recommendations for the Palestinian leadership to decide on, aiming to “mobilise some $4 billion of investment”. “
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Thousands of miles from Jerusalem and Gaza, it’s easy to dole out sage advice and talk about the risks OTHERS should take. If his children rode the buses in Tel Aviv and belonged to the IDF, would those chances he speaks about seem so reasonable?
These people are deranged.
IIRC, when Israel left the West Bank, didn’t they leave tons of infrastructure for the Phillistinians to use? Didn’t the Phillistinians then destroy perfectly good factories, nurseries, orchards and plantations, simply because they came from ‘da Jooooos’?
Giving $4B to the Phillistinians to build up their tourist, construction and agriculture industries. Sounds like a reeeeel good plan that the Viet Nam war heeeero has got on the go. Almost as good as Obama’s ‘recovery’ plan.
"The Quartet, set up in 2002, consists of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia. Its mandate is to help mediate Middle East peace negotiations and to support Palestinian economic development and institution-building in preparation for eventual statehood. It meets regularly at the level of the Quartet Principals (United Nations Secretary General, United States Secretary of State, Foreign Minister of Russia, and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Quartet Special Envoys."
Guns or butter, someone stands to make a profit. (And we poor suckers get to pay either way.)
The Palis always reject peace and they are still portrayed as victims.
Over 50 years ago there could’ve been a Pali state. Too bad Israeli leaders pander to Western countries.
how many rockets have been fired into Israel in the past month?
Israel should rather execute these criminals then let loose, if you show to the Muslims that you are weak and willing to bend over to them they will annihilate you.
Israel must stop this suicidal behavior
Would Britain, release 150 IRA Sinn Féin murderes just to jump start negotiations with these terrorists?
Tony Blair knows the answer is a flat no but yet Israel must "compromise" with the lives of her citizens, again and again.
Israeli leaders, Left, Center and Right wingers, repeat this dance, no matter who is in power in the HOPE that THIS TIME, MAYBE, the Palestinians will get serious. It is a pathetic and macabre dance.
Why doesn’t Tony grant these newly freed Palestinians amnesty and admit them and their families into England?
He, and his countrymen, can “take a chance”.
When will these 60s libtards give it a rest? I heard them saying the same thing during Vietnam. With many of them, what they really meant, was to let the commies win. That was their warped idea of "peace."
Never worked before. Who knows maybe this time...
Chances (risks) for peace? Talk about a broken record.
The PA has done nothing to demonstrate they want peace. They won’t even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. Nuff said.