Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
is an envoy for the Quartet on the Middle East, which is mediating Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
In an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Sara Sidner
, he talked about why he thinks Obama’s re-election is good for the region.
“I think that President Obama has a very clear strategic vision for the Middle East, and I think that is based on helping it through a process of change. This whole region is in upheaval. I think he does recognize -- and I think this is fundamentally important -- that this Israeli-Palestinian issue can’t be put on the back burner. It’s got to remain center stage.”
“And I think the strategy of saying to Iran, ‘Look, there is a way out, but you’ve got to take it and we’re going to keep up the diplomatic pressure … all options are on the table,’ I think that’s the right strategy.