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he was never supposed to be easy but perhaps also not this holiday tony blair stepping down as middle east envoy after eight years of struggling diplomacy nnnnn the former british prime minister took on the role within hours of leaving downing street , representing the u. s. russia the u. n. and the e. u. in their attempts to bring peace between israel and the palestinians , that his efforts were never in doubt plans legacy may not be what he'd hoped for he never really won the full trust of either side , leaving him and them short of any substantive breakthrough , one senior palestinian official even dismissing his impact is minimal nnnnn , the official statement , the quartet was more positive course , officials close to the group adding blair would continue to play an informal role in trying to forge a two state solution