"There was never a desire on the part of the Americans to give up control of the negotiations, and I would doubt that, in the eyes of [senior State Department official] Elliot Abrams and the State Department team, I was ever anything but a nuisance," Mr. Wolfensohn said.
Asked by Haaretz about Mr. Blair's chances, Mr. Wolfensohn said: "Better than mine were. He is closer to George Bush. He was prime minister. I do not believe there's much time. I think it is difficult. But we're fortunate to have somebody with experience."