Tony Blair: I am a passionate believer in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2010

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair addresses a conference in Herzliya on the de-legitimisation of Israel and the resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Quartet representative said: "the best answer to the de-legitimisation of Israel lies in the character of Israel itself and in the openness, fair-mindedness and creativity of ordinary Israelis.

"That character and those people built the State of Israel. They remain it’s guardians.

"They are why to de-legitimise Israel is not only an affront to Israelis but to all who share the values of a free human spirit."

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Last updated: 12:37pm, August 26 2010