Tony Blair 'biased' towards Israel, leaked documents claim

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Tony Blair came across as paternalistic and biased towards Israel in his role as the Middle East Quartet's special envoy, Palestinian officials claimed.

The former British prime minister was frequently scorned for his efforts to develop the economy of the West Bank, according to confidential memos obtained by Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based television network.

Mr Blair was seen as focusing too much on winning small concessions from Israel for minor development projects, while proving reluctant or impotent when it came to persuading Israel to ease bigger restrictions imposed on Palestinians in the West Bank.

In one memo reviewing his proposals, Mr Blair is accused of showing bias to the Israeli security forces and of advocating "an apartheid-like approach to dealing with the occupied West Bank"....

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