If the Palestinians were smart and had a serious political strategy they would tell Tony 'No Thanks'. At the very very least they would tell Blair, only if Arafat heads the delegation (not that we think much of Arafat's past accomplishments). And make no mistake, this is all being done in coordination with the Americans and primarily because of the upcoming Iraq war and further U.N. activities.
Blair to Invite Palestinian Leaders to London
LONDON (Reuters - 16 Dec) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday he would invite Palestinian leaders to London in January in a bid to support Palestinian reforms and move the Middle East peace process forward.
``I can announce today that I am inviting leading Palestinians to come to Britain in January to a conference along with members of the quartet and other countries from the region closely involved in supporting the reform efforts,'' Blair told parliament.
``It will discuss progress on reform and look at how the international community can help.''
Last month, government officials said Blair was hoping to convene a conference with both Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
A ``quartet'' of Middle East mediators, the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, is putting together an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. But Gulf tensions and Israel's January 28 election are delaying progress.
``In the short term, progress on the Israeli side will be limited by the general election campaign,'' Blair said.