Oct 2, 2011
The Palestinian leadership has stepped up its attack on Tony Blair in his role as envoy of the Middle East Quartet, saying that his “parroting” of Israeli demands casts doubt on his credibility.
Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, confirmed that Palestinian leaders had discussed whether to make a formal request to the Quartet that Blair be removed from his position, but had decided against such a move.
“Everyone had reservations about Blair’s performance, but we don’t want to embarrass him any more,” Shaath said. “If you want to do it, you wait until things have quietened down.”
Hostility towards Blair, who has been the Quartet’s envoy since soon after leaving Downing Street in 2007, has hardened in recent weeks.
This article was posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 6:05 am