Visit to Kerem Shalom by Quartet Envoy Tony Blair

The Quartet Envoy Mr. Tony Blair, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing Point on June 22 2010, in order to assess the implementation of the lifting of restrictions vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip.

Date: 22.06.10    

Mr. Tony Blair, the Quartet Envoy and former British Prime Minister, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing on June 22 2010, two days after the government decision to ease civilian restrictions on the Gaza Strip.

Mr. Blair received an overview of the implementation of the government decision from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Eitan Dangot. Major General Dangot mentioned that the scope of activity at the land crossings in to the Strip had increased and said that Israel would allow the entry of building materials for projects initiated by the international community into Gaza.

Major General Dangot toured the Crossing with Mr. Blair and provided explanations regarding its operation and the mechanism for the transfer of commodities from Israel to the Gaza Strip.

Mr. Blair summarized his visit by saying that he was satisfied by the government’s decision and its implementation and stressed that this was an important step towards alleviating the plight of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip. Blair also called for the immediate and unconditional release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.