Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday condemned the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank, telling Army Radio that the Quartet, which Blair represents, views the kidnapping as a "wicked and terrible act."

Blair told Army Radio that the international community sent its condolences and "heartfelt sympathy and solidarity" to the families of the three youths.

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"There is nothing but revulsion in the international community for this act," Blair said when asked why it took four days for him to issue an official condemnation of the kidnapping.

Blair said that Palestinian reconciliation cannot be complete until Hamas explicitly renounces violence and recognizes signed agreements between Israel and the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority.

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