In his first major triumph since becoming Middle East Peace Envoy on a wave of hope and optimism, Tony Blair has this year finally made a difference between Israelis and Palestinians. He has brought peace to 'a small but important part' of the Middle East, in the process making the family of Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, even richer, and saving his employer JP Morgan millions of pounds.
Mr Blair apparently put his 'heart and soul' into rescuing the multimillion pound deal between Wataniya, a new mobile phone enterprise in the West Bank, and Israel. Wataniya’s lead advertising agent is owned by the son of Mahmoud Abbas and Wataniya is owned by QTel, which has been lent money by JP Morgan, which employs Blair for £2million a year. After much work behind the scenes by Mr Blair, the lucrative deal is now to go ahead.
A spokesman for Mr Blair clarified that he had acted only in his role as 'Quartet representative' and not his usual role as international money-grubber and wheeler-dealer. "Tony Blair does not use his contacts gained during a valuable contribution to global politics to make money for himself or other people," said the spokesman, to laughs from the assembled journalists.