Obama anxious about Israel`s fate: Blair

Ex-British PM said US President is "frankly worried" about Israel`s position.

Last Updated: May 26, 2011, 15:24 PM IST

London: Middle East envoy Tony Blair says Barack Obama launched his peace initiative because he`s concerned about what might happen to Israel if Palestinians unilaterally declare statehood.

Blair told an audience of business leaders gathered in central London on Thursday that Obama is "frankly worried about the position that Israel is in”.

The ex-British PM says that Obama`s initiative — rejected by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu — is an "an attempt to fill a vacuum which he sees as dangerous, particularly dangerous for Israel in the run-up to September."
Mideast watchers have speculated that Washington launched its peace initiative to head off a potentially damaging vote on Palestinian statehood at the UN General Assembly in September.

Bureau Report