Inside Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Tony Blair, the Middle East envoy for the “Quartet” of powers – the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations, was assailed by a Palestinian man during a visit to a mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday.
“You are terrorism,” the man shouted as guards tried to cover his mouth. “He is not welcome in the land of Palestine.”
Blair did not appear to be shaken. He told reporters most Palestinians and Israelis want a peaceful resolution to the conflict. “Frankly it’s not protests that will do that. It’s patient negotiation,” he added.
Read more about the incident and why many Arabs don’t like the former British prime minister here.
We’ve all had them. You’re with a friend, or a colleague and suddenly the conversation runs into a cold stop. The dreaded awkward silence can roll in like an icy fog.
When it happens to us, it’s uncomfortable enough. But when it happens to world leaders, a television camera is there to capture the quiet.