Peres Appeals for Peace at World Economic Forum, Expected to Tout Pre-67 Borders

May 26, 2013 10:54 am 3 comments

Israeli President Shimon Peres. Photo: wiki commons.

Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday Israelis and the Palestinian Authority could “overcome skepticism and doubts” to find a lasting peace.

Speaking to reporters at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, Peres said it was time for Israel “to return to negotiations and complete the peace process with the Palestinians based on two states for two peoples – an Israeli state and a Palestinian state living as good neighbors and cooperating economically for the good of future generations.”

“I am aware of the missing links residing between the two ends. From my experience I believe it is possible to overcome them, it doesn’t require too much time. It is the real interest of all parties concerned,” Peres said.

Later in the day President Peres will deliver a speech at the closing plenary of the World Economic Forum which is entitled “Breaking the Impasse.” Peres is expected to address the major issues facing the Middle East today including the importance of returning to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Earlier in the day, it was reported in the Israeli media that Peres was planning to say that most of the Israeli public supports an Israeli withdrawal to 1967 borders, with fair, mutually agreeable border alterations.

The reports have already drawn mixed reactions from several officials in the Israel government.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz voiced harsh criticism Sunday, saying that “I wasn’t aware that Peres purports to be the government’s spokesman. I believe that the government already has its own spokespeople,” Steinitz said.

“The president is very highly respected in Israel, but diplomatic decisions should be left up to the government and I think that every remark, certainly on the eve of resumption of this type of negotiation, does not contribute to Israel’s position,” Steinitz continued.

Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz, however, welcomed the reports.

“Obviously any diplomatic agreement would have to be based on 1967 borders and land swaps,” Peretz said.

“I certainly think that the moment of truth is upon us, and that [U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry’s presence is extremely important,” he added.

“I truly hope that the president of Israel, who is in Jordan in coordination with the prime minister, will indeed make the declarations that will jumpstart the peace process. Everything that is happening around us makes it imperative for us to invest as much as possible into the process with the Palestinians.”

3 Comments

  • Barry Meridian

    Peres supported the Oslo Accords that resulted in the Palestinian terror war in which thousands of Israelis were murdered and maimed by PLO terrorists that those Accords that allowed Arafat to come to Judea and Samaria from Tunisia and other Arab Muslim states.
    Peres then got a Nobel Peace Prize as thanks from the left wing Nobel Peace Prize Committee. Then, Peres got a Medal of Freedom last year from Obama. Now Peres supports Kerry’s Surrender Initiative to decapitate and dismember Israel.

    Even during Arafat’s homicide bombing campaign against Israeli civilians, Peres still kept appeasing Arafat.

    To understand the Thug and murderer Arafat was, Just google, Arafat’s Grand Strategy by Efraim Karsh

  • Barry Meridian

    Peres opposed bombing Iraq’s nuclear facility in 81.
    Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002 after Palestinian homicide bombers from Jenin were slaughtering Israeli civilians, including the Passover massacre.
    Peres opposed going into Jenin cause he was more concerned about his legacy and appeasing Arafat who was behind the atrocities of Israeli civilians.

    Peres opposed killing Yassin in 2004.
    Peres said this after Israel killed Yassin in 2004.
    And what was it that Shimon Peres said after the Yassin assassination Peres said: “We must look terrible . . . for killing an old religious leader in a wheelchair coming out of a mosque. . . . I never thought they would dare to go through with it. . . . Had I been a member of the government I would have voted against this. . . . only by assassinating the reasons for terrorism can we assassinate terrorism.”

    Earth to Peres.
    Hundreds of Jews who had there limbs torn off by homicide bombers sent by Yassin.
    The PR shots of Yassin in his wheelchair will be remembered by those that don’t see the crippled Jewish bodies of all those that he ordered to be bombed by Hamas.
    Yassin was a mass murderer of the same ilk as Saddam Hussein.
    Saddam never killed a Kurd he just inspired others to do his dirty work.

  • Has Peres been on Palmediawatch to see how deranged he is in appeasing Palestinian terrorists.

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