Less than a month after vacating 10 Downing, Tony Blair jumped into his new role as Mideast peace envoy today, meeting Jordanian and Israeli leaders in Jerusalem. Tomorrow he sits down with Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas, and Wednesday with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert. Blair remains upbeat in the face of what many have dubbed Mission Impossible, and is in "listening mode," Reuters reports.
Blair's first task for the Quartet—the US, the UN, the EU and Russia—is to draft a plan for a viable Palestinian state, a challenge made all the more daunting by the rift between the Fatah-controlled West Bank and the now-Hamas-led Gaza Strip. (Read more Tony Blair stories.)