Blair set for Her­zliya fo­rum

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER JERUSALEM

FOR­MER PRIME Min­is­ter Tony Blair is ex­pected to ad­dress the Her­zliya Con­fer­ence in Jan­uary, a ma­jor fo­rum for Is­raeli de­ci­sion-mak­ers.

Mr Blair, the in­ter­na­tional quar­tet’s spe­cial en­voy to the Mid­dle East, has been in­vited by the con­fer­ence or­gan­is­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the founder and chair- man of the Her­zliya Con­fer­ence, Pro­fes­sor Uzi Arad, “there is a good chance that he will be able to come”.

Now in its eighth year, the Her­zliya Con­fer­ence was where Ariel Sharon made some of his cen­tral dec­la­ra­tions on con­ces­sions to the Pales­tini­ans.

Mean­while, re­ports in Bri­tain sug­gest that Mr Blair’s role as Mid­dle East en­voy is cost­ing UK tax­pay­ers £400,000.

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