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LONDON – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday that the recent
Gaza flotilla incident probably helped expedite the easing of the blockade on
In an interview with Owen Bennett-Jones for Newshour on the
BBC World Service, the Middle East envoy for the Quartet was asked if he
credited the flotilla activists with getting the blockade eased. Blair
Israel had been moving toward adopting a new approach to Gaza anyway,
conceded that the incident had “hugely accelerated” the process.
certainly think that what happened and the terrible incident over the
has focused everybody’s mind,” Blair said. “I mean, it is true to say
Israeli government, I think, were moving towards a different policy
of course what happened has hugely accelerated the idea, which frankly
thought for a long time, which is that the only sensible basis on which
this policy is a policy in which we protect Israel’s security, because
view they have a complete and legitimate right to protect their
security, but we
improve the lives of people in Gaza,” he said.
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