The main international players in the Middle East gave a mixed reponse today to the prospects of Tony Blair becoming the region’s peace envoy.
Israeli officials said that Mr Blair would be welcome in the post, vacated more than a year ago by James Wolfensohn, the former World Bank head who quit in frustration at a lack of progress.
Palestinian officials said any serious attempt to inject new life into the stalled peace process would be welcome, but worried about Mr Blair’s close ties to Washington and Israel.
While reading up on the expected appointment of Tony Blair as Mideast Envoy, there are others who seem just as capable and better liked in the region--Jacques Chirac and Bill Clinton mentioned in the article as two examples.
As Blair has inspired anger in the Arab world, according to the article, how would you rate his chances for success? What would you like to see him address first? As a side question, will Blair have to resign from the House of Commons to take this role?