Notwithstanding the escalation of violence over the weekend, President Shimon Peres told reporters on Sunday that he remains a firm believer in the possibility of peace.

Speaking to members of the Foreign Press Association in Sderot Peres said: "I'm retiring from the post of president but I am not retiring for the battle for peace."

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He also reiterated his belief that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a true partner for peace and that he is opposed to terrorism.





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