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Building Arab peace one checkpoint at a time

Tony Blair argues that the best chance for Middle East peace lies in building a new Palestinian state. But this sits awkwardly with his warnings over democracy in Egypt

By Donald Macintyre   March 2011

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Soon after Tony Blair arrived in Jerusalem on 23rd July 2007, as a new international envoy to the Middle East, he called together his makeshift team in the understated glamour of the American Colony hotel. His staff had been hastily seconded from diplomatic missions across the US, Russia, the EU and the UN. Just days before he left 10 Downing Street for the last time on 27th June, countries from this so-called “Quartet” had appointed him to a post that promised to fill at least some of his time…

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