Blair: Schalit's return is 'a moment of great joy'

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October 18, 2011 17:47




Former British prime minister and current Quartet special Tony Blair said that the return of Gilad Schalit back to Israel was "a moment of great joy" for the released soldier and his family, as well as for Palestinian families and prisoners released in the swap deal.

He said that he hopes prisoner swap deal "is a moment of opportunity - not only for Gaza - but also a regaining and revival of credibility in the peace process."

The moment, Blair added, "offers us the chance the chance for a change of atmosphere, a change of context. But we've got to use that, and use that to push on and try and revive a credible negotiation for the two-state solution."

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