Blair: Israel-Palestinian talks must 'get underway as quickly as possible'

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Quartet envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair expressed optimism for peace between Israel and the Palestinians on Sunday, while pushing for negotiations to "get underway as quickly as possible." Speaking to CNN's John King, the former UK prime minister said that there were "many things, positive things, happening on the ground at the moment." He specifically cited growth in the Palestinian economy in the West Bank, as well as the fact that checkpoints were being "opened or removed." "There's a lot of bustle and activity on the West Bank and in Gaza," Blair noted.