DAILY MAIL : 16 Jul 2008
By MATTHEW KALMAN in Jerusalem
TONY BLAIR scrapped a visit to the Gaza Strip at the last minute
yesterday after Israel claimed Palestinian groups were planning to
Mr Blair, the envoy for the Middle East peace 'quartet' of the UN, EU,
U.S. and Russia, was in his official convoy speeding towards a
Gaza-Israel border crossing when he was phoned by Israeli defence
minister Ehud Barak.
Mr Barak told him the secret service had received an intelligence
warning of 'a very serious' threat to assassinate him.
Mr Blair's advance security detail had already passed through the Erez
checkpoint, but Mr Blair ordered the convoy to turn back to his office
He said the threat had been 'specific' and 'credible', but that he had
postponed the visit rather than cancelled it.