Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 19th July 2006.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 11:30 am, 19th July 2006

Let me repeat what I said yesterday. It is important that Israel's response is proportionate and does its best to minimise civilian casualties, but it would stop now if the soldiers who were kidnapped—wrongly, when Hezbollah crossed the United Nations blue line—were released. It would stop if the rockets stopped coming into Haifa, deliberately to kill innocent civilians. If those two things happened, I promise the right hon. and learned Gentleman that I would be the first to say that Israel should halt its operations.


Onder Ucuncu
Posted on 27 Jul 2006 2:57 pm (Report this annotation)

I respect your opinion Mr PM but why did not you call for truce in the region? That is a very black stain for you and your government in the history.

Joe Hill
Posted on 30 Jul 2006 10:07 pm (Report this annotation)

New Tony, the Israeli soldiers were infact on the Lebanese side of the United Nations blue line when they were detained. But don't let that spoil your fantasy. I suppose your response to the situation must be proportionate. In your case it's got to be proportionate to the amount of space your buddy Bush allows you to operate. It's funny how often you see poodles defecating on their own hind legs.

c. wardle
Posted on 31 Jul 2006 9:37 am (Report this annotation)

Shame on you TB, you are doing so much irrepairable damage to this Labour party.

Mark Eaton
Posted on 31 Jul 2006 6:54 pm (Report this annotation)

TB, you felt the hand of history on your shoulder - it was just George stroking your coat; you wanted your legacy - you have it - death, death, death and more needless death.