JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is rerouting part of its West Bank barrier near a flashpoint Palestinian village, Israeli officials said on Friday, after a court heard residents complaints over land seizures for the controversial project. Construction work to measure and alter the security fence in Bilin began in accordance with the directives of the High Court of Justice, an army spokeswoman claimed. The High Court was responding to a petition filed in 2007 by Bilin residents against the loss of farmland to the barrier. Bilin is the site of often violent protests against the so-called barrier, a network of fences and concrete walls that takes in some West Bank land. A non-binding ruling by the World Court in 2004, which Israel rejected, said the barrier was illegal. It has since become a symbol for Palestinians struggle to set up a state on territory occupied by Israel in a 1967 war. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said Middle East envoy Tony Blair will intensify his work with US negotiator George Mitchell to broker peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Tony Blair, as the Quartet representative, will intensify his partnership with Senator Mitchell in support of the political negotiations, she said in a statement after speaking with Blair. Hillary, reiterating Washingtons commitment to finding a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Blair would work to help lay the groundwork for a future Palestinian state and improve freedom of movement and access for Palestinians. A spokesman for Blair said the envoy was looking forward to stepping up his work with Mitchell and helping Palestinians prepare for statehood. Over the past year, the spokesman said there had been some progress on the West Bank, but there was much more to do, especially in Hamas-ruled Gaza. We need a new strategy which starts to end the closure policy (of Gaza), so that reconstruction can advance further, and legitimate business can prosper, said Blairs spokesman, without giving details on what a new strategy might be. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, visiting Tokyo with Abbas this week, said the proximity talks should focus on border issues and their time frame should be limited to a maximum of three to four months. Abbas has rejected a limited, 10-month construction freeze ordered by Israel in November as insufficient, particularly for excluding Jerusalem.