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Tony Blair: Two-State Solution 'Still Possible' for Israel

By    |   Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:54 PM

A two-state solution is "still possible" between Israel and the Palestinians, despite the violence that's taken place recently in the country, said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The implications would be "very bad indeed" to give up on a solution providing "two states for two peoples, the Jewish state for the Jewish people and Israel, and the Palestinian state for the Palestinians," Blair told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

"The two-state solution is still possible. It's not that it can't be done. But, it requires a situation on the ground, which starts to help people prepare for peace and for a two-state solution," Blair said.

The latest conflict to rock Israel took place Tuesday, when two Palestinians wielding meat cleavers and a gun carried out a bloody rampage at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Three American citizens and one a British national were among the five who died in the attack.

Israeli police killed the two attackers at the scene.

In the short term, seeking any kind of solution would be "very, very difficult indeed," Blair said, because "tensions are really, really high at the moment."

He said officials needed to first "try to calm the situation to make sure there aren't provocative actions or statements," adding that only then could talks begin to offer "changes on the ground to give people hope."

"Things have been very difficult in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and, of course, in Gaza as well. So, I think, right now, the most important thing is just to try and create some calm and stability.

"But, we will require to get back, at some point, to a proper political initiative, a framework that allows people to start discussing the basic issues in the conflict," Blair said.

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