57 year old Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister and current “Middle East Peace Envoy”, is in Israel as the Jewish state celebrates its 62nd birthday.
No, it’s not out of choice. A volcano in remote Iceland has forced European air traffic to a standstill. Tony Blair, the Quartet’s “Peace Envoy”, was in Israel as the skies over Europe darkened and aviation came to a standstill, keeping him firmly in the Holy Land.
With a bit of luck, the “Peace Envoy” will use his extended stay in Israel to actually learn something about the real nature of the difficulties there – to whit, Arab intransigence, Palestinian Arab racism, Palestinian Arab terrorism, the Iranian regime’s existential threat to the Jewish state and the Iran-Syria-Hizbollah-Hamas axis that normal people the world over recognise as the real threat to the region and the world.
As Stephanie Gutmann so perceptively writes in the Telegraph, progress towards peace in the region would be immeasurably helped “if busybody leaders — the Barack Obamas, Joe Bidens, Javier Solanas, and Tony Blairs — of the world” stayed away from the region. She continues: “And the most helpful thing of all would be if the platoons and brigades of news media camped out in Jerusalem went back to London and Amsterdam and Mexico City and Beijing and New York.”
Right now, that’s impossible owing to the current ban on aviation.
So, is it too much to ask for those concerned to use their enforced stay in Israel to actually study the situation? To feel the pain shared by all Israelis over the mindless – and continuing – deaths caused by Arab intransigence? To appreciate how it is that a nation marks its fallen on one day, then celebrates its independence on the following day – with the sobering realization that it is those fallen who have made independence possible?
Perhaps that volcano in Iceland can bring some good. Even to the likes of the EU, the UN, the Quartet and – inconceivable though it may seem – the USA.
Here is the Israel that Tony Blair may want to learn about now that he is in the country and cannot help celebrating and understanding its achievements. The film is subtitled in Swedish because after Cuba and North Korea, Swedes are the most indoctrinated nation on earth as regards the views they are allowed to hold on Israel and the wider Middle East.