Blair: Skepticism exists about peace under Netanyahu gov't

The Quartet's Mideast envoy Tony Blair said on Monday that skepticism existed about the prospects for peace because of Israel's new government. Blair spoke after meeting with Israel's new prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. Blair said he believed Netanyahu understood that the only formula for peace was a Palestinian state next to Israel. Netanyahu has pointedly not endorsed creation of a Palestinian state. Blair thought Netanyahu would come around "if the right context can be created for peace." Blair noted skepticism over Netanyahu's election and said there must be time for the new governments in Israel and the US to "settle down."