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February 17, 2013 12:28 pm

Peres on Israel’s Security: “I Wouldn’t Even Say That We Know Who Our Enemies Are”

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Israeli President Shimon Peres. Photo: wiki commons.

The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, met Sunday morning with a bipartisan delegation of senators and congressmen at his residence in Jerusalem. Addressing changes in the region, Peres was forthright in his analysis of their effect on Israel’s security, telling the delegation,” I wouldn’t even say that we know who our enemies are because we don’t know who runs the countries.”

Peres told the delegation that one concern he didn’t have about Israel’s security was U.S. President Barack Obama’s commitment to it. “We’re very excited to see the President of the United States coming to visit the State of Israel. On the major issue of Israel’s security President Obama has shown both deep understanding and forthcoming support,” he said.

The delegation was led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), who serves as co-chair of the Helsinki Commission, a human rights committee established in 1976. Many members of the delegation are also members of the commission, and President Peres used the opportunity to address severe human rights violations in Iran. “We talk so much about the Iranian bomb but we must not forget that Iran is the greatest danger to human rights in Iran and outside of it. They exports weapons, terrorists and money to whoever is ready to kill. They hang people for being homosexual, they hang people without trial, they imprison them and they shoot at demonstrators. The point of Helsinki, of human rights, should not be secondary to the other issues we are facing with the Iranians,” he said.

Peres concluded his public remarks to the delegation by updating them on the status of the government’s commitment to the peace process.”The Prime Minister repeated his commitment to the two state solution. There is no other solution if you want peace but to enable the Palestinians to have a demilitarized state of their own. The only alternative to the two state solution is a binational country which means an ongoing quarrel, ongoing hatred and an ongoing conflict which is bad for them and for us, for their children and for our children. We are building a government not only to govern but also to have the right vision.”

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  • M.Otero

    As president he must take a statesmanly stance. He is not supposed to take a partisan or ideological position that the prime minister can allow himself. I do wish that he’d point out the matter of the 850,000 Mizrahi refugees who deserved no less than the Palestinian Arabs.
    UN Ambassador Prosor brought it up before the UN in April and Danny Ayalon had been scheduled to bring it up again this spring.

  • shloime

    yet another “friendly fire” incident, by israel’s highest ranking leftist.

  • Wellwisher

    I hope and pray that the security of Israel will not be in the hands of three unrepentant socialists, Peres, Cardin and Obama

  • THIS MAN WAS A FOOL HAS BEEN A FOOL AND WILL ALWAYS BE A FOOL.
    I WILL CONTINUE TO STAY IN BROOKLYN SHOPPING ON 13 AVE BECAUSE I AM SAFER IN BROOKLYN THEN A COUNTRY WITH PEOPLE LIKE PERES WHO CANT EVEN DEFINE WHAT AN ENEMY IS.

    WAIT.. I HEAR A SHOFAR,,
    IS THAT MASHIACH CALLING..
    IS THAT MY CALL TO MAKE ALIYAH…???
    nooo. its only a truck horn.

    YA KNOW..WHILE I
    AM AT IT…
    when I do make aliyah..
    will my spot be waiting or would peres have decided to give it away for more peace…

    things were so simple before I got smart by observing the failures of these liberals like peres……….

    lots of dots above because the story continues B’H
    I GUESS….

    obama coming…another vatican poop is coming…
    whoop dee dooo.

    I’M STILL IDEALIST AND OLD FASHION…
    I AM LOOKING TO HASHEM…

    WAIT..anyone know the count of ”lost tribes” found?
    last I heard it was 57 lost tribes….recovered and living in Israel…
    WHO NEEDS MASHIACH IF WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE…

    well purim is coming. We can dress making believe we know sonthing and we’re good guys…

  • rofedoc

    Peres not knowing who are enemies are is indicative of senility and time to be classified as irrelevant and dangerous.

    • ricardo

      I thought Peres was correct. We have a peace treaty with Egypt, yet there has never been a cordial relationship. Now the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over, and our putative peace is in jeopardy. How can we know?

      Peres age is not the issue. The problem is the wishful thinking of some who’d like to believe that piece of paper will prevent the new Egyptian government from acting upon their antisemitic biases.

      And that is only one of the reasons for not knowing for sure who our enemies are. We also have a whole host of touchy-feely Westerners espousing BDS to try to bring down Israel. We have Muslims around the world teaching their children hatred of Jews, of Israel (and of everyone else, too.) We have Muslim governments funding American universities, teaching the next generation of American leaders to hate Israel & the Jews.

      I’d say Peres is pretty insightful. It’s the others who think they know who are scary.

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