Blair: Coming days critical for Middle East peace

December 16, 2006 10:54

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday that the next few days and weeks will be crucial in determining whether Israel and the Palestinians can move toward peace. Blair is traveling through the Middle East amid escalating violence between rival Palestinian factions that have seen kidnappings and gun battles in the West Bank and Gaza. "If we don't get a new sense of urgency and momentum to the situation, it will continue to go backwards," Blair said. "The next few days and weeks are critical moments of decision for the whole process."

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