Tony Blair & the Dan David Prize.

In today’s edition of The Guardian we get the news that Tony Blair has one of this year’s three Dan David prizes.

Tony Blair has won a prestigious million-dollar (£697,000) prize for his leadership on the world stage, it was announced today.

The former prime minister, now a Middle East peace envoy, will receive the Dan David prize for “his exceptional leadership and steadfast determination in helping to engineer agreements and forge lasting solutions to areas in conflict”.

The award is presented by the Dan David Foundation, based at Tel Aviv University, and a spokesman for Blair said the money would be donated to the former Labour leader’s charity for religious understanding, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Blair is an envoy of the international Quartet on the Middle East peace process, which comprises the US, EU, UN and Russia.

His entry as a Dan David laureate on the prize’s website hails him as “one of the most outstanding statesmen of our era”.

It praises his role in the Northern Ireland peace process and his “steadfast determination and morally courageous leadership” over Kosovo.

But there is no mention of the divisive decision to support the US-led invasion of Iraq……

Where was that “steadfast determination and morally courageous leadership” when it was needed to stand up to Bush?


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