By pushing for Israel to “reduce military incursions,” Blair’s team appears to be implying that Israel has a legitimate right to undertake military activities on Palestinian land.
WORDS CAN lose their meaning when Tony Blair speaks. Collecting his “philanthropist of the year” award from GQ magazine, Blair recently said he could feel the “pulse of progress beating a little harder.”
Judging by the pronouncements he has made as a Middle East “peace envoy,” Blair’s definition of “progress” appears different from the standard one.
In 2010, Blair hailed a tiny easing of Israel’s siege on Gaza as a “significant change.” The following year he praisedHosni Mubarak, the Egyptian dictator who facilitated that siege, as a “force for good.”
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