(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the appointment of Mr. Tony Blair as the Quartet’s special envoy to the Middle East.

Mr. Blair is very well regarded by the leaders in the region. His experience, knowledge and abilities will surely advance the important processes set out as goals by the Quartet. 

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni spoke with Mr. Blair today and congratulated him upon his appointment.

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(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Israel welcomes the appointment of Tony Blair to advance the building of institutions in the Palestinian Authority and to assist the Palestinians in laying the foundation upon which a Palestinian state will be built, and wishes him success.

Israel will provide Mr. Blair with all necessary assistance in order for him to carry out his duties and to aid the Palestinians.

In Israel’s view, the creation of stable and transparent institutions in the Palestinian Authority is an important component in advancing the diplomatic process.