The search for a humane, peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is an ongoing one. The stakes are higher than before with the increasing tension between Israel and Iran.
The prospect of the latest mission securing a lasting outcome seems unlikely given Prime Minister Netanyahu's announcement of the building of 1,600 new Israeli homes in disputed territory. Not only was the timing of this announcement bad (during US Vice President Biden's visit to Israel) it increases Palestinian grievances making a successful peace process less likely and boosting the cause of extremists.
Tony Blair the former British Prime Minister is the "peace" envoy for the Middle East Quartet (UN, Russia, EU and the US). This is the same Tony Blair who through lies and deceit facilitated the illegal invasion of Iraq, leading to over a million violent deaths and a country in disarray. Blair has failed to criticise the Israeli housing decision.
What is Blair's real purpose for being in the Middle East? He is a tainted partisan and has no credibility with many of the key parties that will need to be brought to any negotiating table. He is the most hated man in the Middle East. Lucky then for Blair that his financial well being doesn't depend on this crucial work. After all, he has earnt £20 million since 2007, including a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq. Can it be a coincidence that Blair's friend George Bush made plans to invade Iraq and take its oil, well before the 9/11 attacks?
If Israel and the West really want peace a new emphasis is needed.