By re-opening its 12km-long border with the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian government has the power to “create a circumstance to allow lasting peace,” the Quartet Representative continued in an interview ITV News on Tuesday.
“[There will be] ”no trust on either side between Hamas and Israel. That is not going to happen in the immediate term and possibly ever,” he said.
His comments come after the Israeli military resumed airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday, after the government agreed to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to end Hamas rocket attacks. One Palestinian civilian has died since attacks were re-launched.
Prior to its breakdown, Blair had welcomed the cease-fire and hoped it would "give a chance for a proper, full and long-term solution to Gaza to be put in place.
"Such a ceasefire can halt the tragic loss of life, stop the rockets on Israel - and open up the possibility of a genuine change in Gaza."