Tony Blair awarded $1m by Israelis for leadership
Tony Blair, Middle East peace envoy and former British Prime Minister, has been awarded the Dan David prize for leadership.
"Throughout his career, Tony Blair has acted on the basis of what he believes to be right, a hallmark of leadership."
As a Dan David laureate, Blair will receive one million dollars, which he'll donate to the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. While 10 percent of the money will go to graduates in his field of interest.
Mr Blair, now a Middle East envoy, will receive the Dan David Prize at Tel Aviv University in Israel in May.
A spokesperson from the Dan David foundation denied that the prize will impair his judgement as Middle East peace envoy.
“No, this is an international prize, we cannot see it as a conflict of interest, of course not,”
But some commentators believe the prize makes it even harder for Blair to help establish peace in the Middle East.
“I think it is bordering on surreal. There has been no progress in the Palestine conflict […] his role was to try and bring progress to the Middle East,” says Chris Nineham from the Stop The War Coalition.
The British press recently revealed that Blair's job as peace envoy has cost the taxpayer thousands.
British taxpayers have spent nearly £500,000 on Tony Blair's attempts to secure a lasting peace in the Middle East,