Quartet envoy speaks to British MPs about his role and the current situation
Former prime minister Tony Blair returned to the Palace of Westminster today to answer questions before a select committee in his role as Mid-East envoy.
The salient points included his observation that "[the] humanitarian situation [in Gaza] is dreadful." He also commented on joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial projects, the distance between Hamas and the Israel government, and water rights as part of a settlement, especially in the Jordan valley. He noted that the Middle East is far more important than he realized as prime minister and that it must become a central focus for the next US president. Whoever that will be will need to consider the 60-year history of the Israeli state.