Map without Israel 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Quartet envoy Tony Blair’s offices quickly removed from their websites Monday a
Mideast map that did not label Israel, shortly after The Jerusalem Post brought
the matter to their attention.
The map on the websites was an
illustration for an article written by Blair on the so called “Arab spring” –
headlined “We can’t just be spectators in this revolution” – that appeared in
The Times and the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. The map and the
article appeared on the Office of Tony Blair website, as well as on the website
of the Office of the Quartet Representative.
In the colorful,
three-dimensional map, the lines of Israel are drawn, but the name doesn’t
appear. The names for Lebanon and Cyprus are also not on the map, but labels for
other small states, such as Kuwait and Qatar, do appear.
Blair has been
an eloquent critic of those seeking to delegitimize Israel, and at a speech in
Herzliya last year said that the delegitimization of Israel is an affront not
only to Israelis, but to those “everywhere, in every part of humanity, who share
the values of a free and independent human spirit.”
in Jerusalem, Ruti Winterstein, said “The focus of both the illustration and the
article it accompanied was recent events in North Africa and the Gulf. It also
clearly showed the State of Israel.”
The map was replaced on the websites
by a picture of Blair delivering a speech.