Blair and Mofaz discuss negotiations with Palestinians

Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair met with Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. At the meeting, Mofaz told Blair that multi-channel negotiations with the Palestinians were preventing progress. Mofaz added that negotiating over the major issues at hand was pointless and unrealistic, as it was necessary to build the Palestinian state's administrative-economic infrastructure before dealing with the more difficult problems. Mofaz reportedly told Blair he would personally lead the negotiations with the Palestinians if he were elected as head of Kadima.