Shimon Peres 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
President Shimon Peres attached great importance on Monday to US President
Barack Obama’s declaration in Seoul that he wanted to establish a broad-based
global coalition to prevent the nuclearization of Iran.
Such a coalition
should be given every opportunity to deter the Islamic Republic from developing
nuclear weapons, Peres said.
Waylaid by journalists in Tel Aviv after
delivering the opening address at the Nanotechnology Conference at the David
Intercontinental Hotel, President Shimon Peres commented on both national and
With regard to Iran, and the participation of US
President Barack Obama in the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, Peres said that
there was no dispute over whether Iran has nuclear arms. In the hands of an
extreme and ambitious regime, nuclear power posed a danger to the whole world,
he said, adding that there was no reason to turn the matter into a purely
Closer to home, the president related to Sunday’s High
Court of Justice decision to order the evacuation of the Migron outpost on the
West Bank by August 1. The judicial branch had made a clear statement on the
subject, he said, and the ruling had been accepted by the executive branch. “The
situation is crystal clear,” he emphasized. “The court has handed down
its ruling and the prime minister is obligated to abide by it.”
then referred to Monday’s anniversary of the treaty with Egypt, saying that he
was gratified that there had been a stable peace for 33 years, something that
had been beneficial to both countries. Peace with Egypt was vital, and
everything possible must be done to maintain and strengthen it.