By Micah Halpern
Monday November 5, 2007
I've Been Thinking:
Tony Blair, the former UK Prime Minister and now the Quartet's envoy to the Middle East, spoke at the Saban Forum on Sunday.
Blair said that Israel cannot be expected to withdraw from any territories while they are being attacked and while rockets are being launched from Gaza.
Blair said that the Palestinians now had to make "difficult decisions" about security.
Finally, someone understands. Blair has been really focusing on the region for the past 6 months. He is up to speed on the very basic issue that guides all Palestinian/Israeli interaction. Palestinians must be able to deliver on security before any progress towards peace or statehood can develop with Israel.
Blair understands, but Blair has little power. He does however have Bush's ear and, maybe, just maybe, he will be able to talk some sense into President George Bush and his ill advised Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Maybe, but I doubt it.
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