I have previously posted about the mediation role of ex PM, Tony Blair in the Middle Eastern peace process.
As the Times writes under the headline, "Rockets and Chaos confront Blair as he grapples with peace mission".
"Tony Blair returned to the Middle East yesterday to confront a deepening crisis, as Israel threatened to turn off all power to the Gaza Strip after an Islamist rocket strike that narrowly missed a crowded nursery.
Since Mr Blair’s last visit two months ago Israel has faced an increasing military threat from the Hamas rulers of Gaza, who are trying to turn their guerrilla force into an army, and who are at war with Fatah, their West-ern-backed secular rivals in the West Bank.
Haim Ramon, the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, threatened to cut off power and water to 1.5 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip after months of daily rocket barrages on Sderot, close to the Gaza border."
I am sure Blair is enjoying the challenge to some extent but at some point he may be thinking that the Northern Ireland peace process was a walk in the park. Talk about seeking new challenges post UK politics.