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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

If the right hon. and learned Gentleman is seriously saying that I should call for an unconditional ceasefire by Israel now—[Hon. Members: "Both sides."] I should call for both sides to do it? May I just point out to the right hon. and learned Gentleman that our influence with Hezbollah has been somewhat limited? It would not be possible. Does he not understand that Hezbollah fired somewhere in the region of 1,600 rockets into northern Israel? I agree that what is happening in Lebanon is tragic and terrible, not least for the Lebanese people and the Lebanese Government—a Government who have brought their country out of the dark days into democracy— [ Interruption. ] Yes, but if this is to stop, it has to stop by undoing how it started, and it started with the kidnap of Israeli soldiers and the bombardment of northern Israel. If we want this to stop, that has to stop.

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Oliver Keenan
Posted on 20 Jul 2006 7:02 pm (Report this annotation)

A ridiculous comment in reply to a serious question.