Tony Blair was so proud of his new position as special mid-east envoy of the quartet of Mideast negotiators… soon as he was appointed he laid out how he was going to save the world. As Debka reported

Shortly after the former British prime minister stepped into his new job, he assured Russia and the Europeans that he did not mean to adhere to the US-Israeli boycott of Hamas. One of his first tasks would be to establish ties with Hamas representatives in Gaza and Damascus. DEBKAfile’s Washington sources report that the British politician conveyed this intention in a telephone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin Tuesday, June 26. This assurance persuaded Moscow to drop its resistance to naming him envoy. Those sources affirm that Blair’s sudden turnaround contradicts the understandings he reached with US president George W. Bush and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice on his leave-taking visit earlier this month

The problem is that Blair took a position without any power. You see according to the President and the Secretary of State he is NOT allowed to negotiate. His ONLY job is to help the Palestinians create infrastructure. Sorry Tony but you should have asked some more questions at the interview.

US rules out mediatory role for Blair in Middle EastIsrael News.Net Saturday 30th June, 2007 (ANI) London, June 30 : The Bush Administration has made it it clear that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will have no power to mediate peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Instead, the State Department said that Blair will be confined to improving the institutions of the Palestinian Authority. Blair has been named an envoy of the “Quartet” – a group charged with bringing about peace in the Middle East – comprising America, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union. On the day of his appointment earlier this week, Blair had told Parliament his “absolute priority” would be to “give effect” to a “two-state solution, which means a state of Israel that is secure and confident of its security and a Palestinian state that is viable, not merely in terms of its territory, but in terms of its institutions”. Then he told the Northern Echo newspaper that his “huge challenge” was to “prepare the ground for a negotiated settlement”. The Bush Administration quickly contradicted Blair’s sweeping definition of his role. Tom Casey, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, made it clear that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will be handled by Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State. In her statement welcoming Blair’s appointment, Dr Rice described his task as creating “viable and lasting Palestinian government institutions”, strengthening “the Palestinian economy” and establishing “law and order for the Palestinian people”. She made no mention of mediating peace talks. Aaron David Miller, an expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict who advised six Secretaries of State, was quoted by The Telegraph as saying that no US Secretary of State worth his salt would ever allow anyone else to have that kind of responsibility as was being envisioned by Blair.

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