Blair speaks out over Gaza

Posted Mar 1, 2009 by Jane Fazackarley
Tony Blair has given his views on the recent Gaza battle. The former UK Prime Minister has been the Middle East envoy for two years now and he recently went to see the affects of the recent invasion into the territory.
Tony Blair. - File photo
Tony Blair. - File photo
This is the first time he has visited the Gaza strip since he took up the position. Tony Blair said that the people there did not want to be in conflict with Israel and that a Palestinian state must be created. Mr Blair will not be meeting with Hamas during this visit.
It is estimated that 1300 Palestinians were killed during the conflict. Extensive damage was also caused to homes. Some 21,000 were either damaged or demolished by the battle. £10 million of aid money has been set aside so that schools, homes and hospitals will be able to be rebuilt.
Benyamin Netanyahu , the Israeli leader is yet to agree to a separate state. This conflict dates back decades and there does not look like there are going to be any easy solutions to the problem. Negotiations were held again in 2007 but there are still more issues that need to be resolved.
Tony Blair had this to say after his visit
"I wanted to come to hear for myself first-hand from people in Gaza, whose lives have been so badly impacted by the recent conflict. These are the people who need to be the focus of all our efforts for peace and progress from now on."