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Blair Chats Up Olmert and Abbas

Posted on Sep 10, 2006

Tony Blair has been busy, meeting with both Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert in recent days?all while fending off controversy at home over when he?ll step down.  For their part, the Palestinian president and Israeli prime minister have agreed to meet with each other.

BBC News:

Mr Blair will not be meeting the leaders of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian government during his tour of the Mid-East.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The purpose of this visit was to hear the views from all sides so we came here today to hear the views of the Palestinian president.

“He will bring with him the views he heard from Prime Minister Olmert and look to hear Palestinian views and Palestinian concerns and try to see how we can get back to some sort of dialogue.”


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By Manny, September 12, 2006 at 7:24 am Link to this comment
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Mary, there is no ” somewhere, ” with the state of Israel. The reality is this: woven into the very soul of Israel is the continued killing of the Palestinain people and robbing them of their land. If you think that Palestinains will get any table scrapes of humanity from Israel then one does not understand how lethal Zionism can be. 

Mary, about the , ” bombs,” the U.S. cluster bombs that were used by Israel against unharmed Lebanese civilians, now, can you reason with a nation state that does not value human life.

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By ib, September 11, 2006 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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The best 1st step for a mature Israel would be to go back to the 1967 borders.  Until this first step is taken, there will be no peace in the region.

Israel must demonstrate that it can live with its neighbors.  Regardless of ancient history, they are the new comers in the area.

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By Jon B, September 10, 2006 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s be frank, UK is a third world power and Blair is Bush’s lapdog. Whatever Blair does in behalf of Bush and UK are insignificant on world stage. Lets not forget, Germany and France are the superpower in Europe, not UK.

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By kevin99999, September 10, 2006 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment
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The British and the U.S. are the last countries the palestinians should trust. Palestinians should insist on broader international participation which Israel has continually rejected. Palestinians should never give up armed struggle and the international community should provide economic and military aid to those fighting Israel occupation who have been made to live in abject conditions for decades.

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By Manny, September 10, 2006 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment
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Israel going to a meeting ? More of the same lies and treachery towards the Palestinians, if any one thinks that Israel is going to show any humanity in this matter then their not reading the same history book I am. To their credit, Israel has played the game of delusional diplomacy quite well. With the backing of the U.S. goverment, Israel has done as it pleases.
In my history book, nothing is forever. The day will come when another super power will not have the ” Lobby” as part of their govermental infrastructure and then Israel will have to deal with reality.

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By Mary Weinmann, September 10, 2006 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment
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It is better to talk than to throw stones and bombs.
I agree that the settlements are the worst step the Israelis ever took, but one has to start somewhere, and talking is a good beginning.

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By kevin99999, September 10, 2006 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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There should be no peace talks withs Israel until Israel is willing to return arab lands in principles. Any paelstianian leader who does not understand this basic aspect is deluded.

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