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September 30, 2013 8:25 pm

International Court of Justice President Says ‘Honored’ by Presence of Israel’s Shimon Peres

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International Court of Justice President Judge Peter Tomka. Photo: United Nations.

International Court of Justice President Judge Peter Tomka. Photo: United Nations.

International Court of Justice President Judge Peter Tomka said the tribunal was honored by the presence of Israeli President Shimon Peres, who visited the court in The Hague, the site of much contention for Israel after the ICJ issued an opinion in 2004 saying it thought Israel’s security fence violated international law. Israel rejected the opinion, but it helped sway international opinion against the Jewish state.

In a joint statement, Judge Tomka said, “We are honored by your presence. Peace can be based on justice and solid legal foundations, whenever we solve disputes between sovereign states we always emphasize that the most efficient way is through negotiations. We wish your people peace and justice in a safe and secure environment with peace with your neighbors.”

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Peres said, “The negotiations with the Palestinians opened not long ago and we hope that they will bear fruit for the two sides who want to live side by side in peace and security. Completing the negotiations is of the utmost importance – it is perhaps the last and most significant conflict between us and the Arab world.”

“Peace exacts a heavy price but it remains the desire of the people of Israel. I stood with the citizens of Israel in the streets after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin – as an Israeli, I was under a tremendous wave of brutal terror attacks during which buses exploded in the streets and children were murdered in shopping centers.”

“In the years which followed, after the painful and difficult disengagement from the Gaza Strip during which Israel removed families from their homes, rockets were fired at innocent civilians. Mothers and children slept for long periods of time in bomb shelters,” Peres said. “Israel underwent seven wars but we never stopped our search for peace with our neighbors. Never did a day of war postpone a day of democracy. Never did wars justify injustice.”

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  • PAINFUL, every Israeli politician giving away property to arabs use “PAINFUL” FOR ITS CITIZENS TO THINK they are personally pained. The politicians do not think of its citizens pain in the long term who are TRULLY PAINED by its liberal left wing appeasing Israeli politicians. Age of peres didnt give him wisdom. It only gave him use of the term “painful consessions” more times.

    What was once called ‘defense of Israeli land’
    is now called radical and offensive by aggresive Israeli occupiers.
    Peres still thinks they won the 1967 war.

    That was and is an impossiblity