Former UK PM Tony Blair is to step back from his Middle East peacemaker role, according to the Financial Times (access through Google News):
After nearly eight years as an envoy for the Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators, the former British prime minister has recognised that a front-line role is no longer tenable, according to several insiders. Mr Blair’s move comes amid deep unease in parts of Washington and Brussels over his poor relations with senior Palestinian Authority figures and sprawling business interests.
The Daily Telegraph adds:
Tony Blair had “no credibility” left with the parties in the Middle East peace process, a former US government official who was closely involved with trying to revive the talks last year has told The Telegraph.
“Frankly all sides just rolled their eyes at the mention of his name,” the official said as it was reported that Mr Blair was being “eased out” of his role as head of so-called Quartet.
You’ve heard of the The Blair Witch Project, the shoestring budget movie that made a mint. Well, this was the Blair Pitch Project. He pitched himself, enriched himself and then ditched himself. Meanwhile, he leaves the Middle East in chaos. Peacemaker? Piss-taker, more like.