Tony Blair in Gaza: ‘Radical change of approach’ needed from Israel
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Tony Blair in Gaza: ‘Radical change of approach’ needed from Israel

Former PM Tony Blair
Former PM Tony Blair

International Mideast envoy Tony Blair says the world has forsaken the Gaza Strip and is calling for a new approach regarding the war-battered territory.Middle East envoy Blair holds an interview with Reuters in Jerusalem

On a visit to Gaza today following last summer’s war with Israel, the former British prime minister visited Palestinian families still taking shelter in a United Nations-run school.

Reconstruction efforts have been slow, and Mr Blair said some donor countries have not fulfilled their funding commitments. He said the stagnation in reconstruction was a “crime”.

He called for the Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, to clarify if it is part of a “broader Islamist movement with regional designs” or if it would accept a long-term peace alongside Israel.

He called for a “radical change of approach” from Israel to lift trade restrictions on Gaza.

 

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