Blair: 'I am 100% on Israel's side'

Ex-UK premier favors int'l probe, supports right to self-defense.

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June 8, 2010 20:44
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Israel has the right to protect itself, former British prime minister Tony Blair said in an interview with Channel 10 on Tuesday.

Blair met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday to discuss the repercussions of last week's flotilla raid.

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"Any investigation has to be full and impartial, and there may be some sort of international element that could be part of it," Blair said.

While Blair stressed the need to launch an international, impartial probe into the incident, he assured that he wholeheartedly supports Israel's right to self-defense.

"There are no questions at all. There have been rockets fired from Gaza, there are people in Gaza who want to kill innocent Israelis," the former UK premier said said.

"When it comes to security, I am one hundred percent on Israel's side."

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