Dr. Neill Lochery

Present and Post-Blair British Middle East Policy

| March 1, 2007

On November 13th, 2006, the British Prime Minister Tony Blair came the closest to articulating his current vision of a British Middle Eastern policy. This policy contained worrying news for Israelis, who for years had viewed Mr. Blair as a strong supporter of Israel and defender of its interests. It is interesting to note the timing of Mr. Blair’s speech, given his intentions to leave office in 2007. In other words, the Prime Minister clearly attempted to introduce a long-term foreign policy framework for his successor.