Tony Blair

Blair snubs the Gaza Strip

July 18, 2008

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair cancelled a visit to the Gaza Strip this week after the Israeli General Security Service warned that terror organisations were planning to attack his convoy.

Mr Blair was planning to visit Gaza on Tuesday to meet local businessmen, UNRWA officials and representatives of NGOs in the area. A Hamas spokesman had announced the visit and said that the movement would ensure the security arrangements.

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Tony Blair is wasting his time

By Daniella Peled, July 11, 2008

Launching a new column on international affairs, our foreign editor assesses the Middle East Envoy’s first year


How much impact has Tony Blair had in his year as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy? According to one government adviser, it all boils down to a matter of parking at Jerusalem’s legendary American Colony Hotel, where the former British prime minister has his offices. “When he’s there, they cordon off the car park,” he sniffs, “and you have to leave your car outside.”

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Gaza is no-go for Blair

By Shelly Paz, June 13, 2008

Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair has told the Commons foreign-affairs select committee that he would not visit the Hamas-run Gaza Strip for fear of disrupting peace efforts.

The former prime minister, addressing MPs last Thursday, said: “We need to get a ceasefire in Gaza, progressively to start reopening the crossings, start to get proper humanitarian help through, and then build our way back out of this situation where the people of Gaza can be helped.”

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Jets take aim at Blair's plane

By Shelly Paz, May 30, 2008

Former British prime minister Tony Blair came close to being shot down by Israeli Air Force jets last week after air-traffic controllers noticed what they thought was a suspicious aircraft heading into Israeli airspace from the Sinai peninsula and tried to make contact.

Mr Blair, now envoy to the Middle East Quartet, was returning to his Jerusalem headquarters from a World Economic Forum meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

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Review: A Question Of Honour

By Vernon Bogdanor, May 23, 2008

By Lord Michael Levy
Simon & Schuster, £18.99

In July 2006, Lord Levy, Tony Blair’s chief fund-raiser and personal envoy to the Middle East, was enjoying a birthday lunch with his family when he was told by his solicitor to report to Colindale police station, in North London, where he was going to be arrested. A Question of Honour describes in graphic detail the purgatory he and his family endured for over a year before he was released without charge.

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How Tony helped Shimon schmooze the world

By David Rowan, May 16, 2008

You are Shimon Peres, the world’s best-networked politician, and you are having a dozen or two of your closest head-of-state friends over to stay.

So how do you make each of these national heads (current or recent) feel that “he” is your special friend, smoothing over explosively clashing egos and defusing diplomatic minefields while paying just enough attention to the other 3,500 guests you are having round?

Simple: you call in your bestest-of-all statesman friend, Tony Blair, and anoint him your very own Schmoozemaster General.

Lord Levy: how I survived

By Jenni Frazer, May 16, 2008

Lord Levy, the man at the heart of the cash-for-peerages investigation, and who is said to have saved Tony Blair from being in hock to the trades union movement, finally told his story this week, after nearly two years of silence.

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Ex-MP attacks Lord Levy’s ‘nauseating’ Blair memoir

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2008

A former Labour MP this week launched a scathing attack on Lord Levy for publishing memoirs which reveal inside details of Tony Blair’s government. Many of Lord Levy’s targets appear to be Jewish, from Carole Caplin to Sir Ronald Cohen.


Eric Moonman, an executive member of the Association of Former Members of Parliament, hit out at the former chief Labour fundraiser and Middle East envoy for spilling the beans.

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Lend Blair your ears: his battle is our battle

By Tony Bayfield, April 11, 2008

The reaction to Tony Blair’s speech on faith has highlighted fundamentalism at both ends of the spectrum

Seven years ago Tony Blair invited 30 faith leaders to Downing Street and asked for their views on sending troops to Afghanistan. The responses were extremely feeble. “God bless you, Prime Minister, but could you make sure that no women and children get hurt?”

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Do not discount the power of faith

By Tony Blair, April 11, 2008

Religion has a special role to play in a globalised world, says the former prime minister Let me summarise my argument to you. Under the momentum of globalisation the world is opening up, and at an astonishing speed. Old boundaries of culture, identity and even nationhood are falling. The 21st century world is becoming ever more interdependent. In this world, religious faith, crucial to so many people’s culture and identity, can play a positive or a negative role.

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