Shimon Peres 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Shimon Peres told a delegation of visiting US Democratic Congresspeople
that he is still convinced peace with the Palestinians is possible.
at the President's Residence, Peres told the congresspeople that he is
in contact with Palestinian officials and that both Israelis and
Palestinians understand that returning to the negotiating table is
something they must do prior to the start of the United Nations General
Assembly session in September, Israel Radio reported.
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president added that he believes the Palestinian leadership is itself
unsure whether the United Nations statehood bid is the right move.
Speaking to reporters prior to the meeting with Peres, US Democratic
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said that if necessary, the United
States would use its right to veto in the UN Security Council. The best
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said, was direct
negotiations without preconditions. he hoped this would happen soon.
He also told reporters prior to the meeting with President Peres that he
was the sponsor of a resolution that clearly put the United States on
record as being opposed to the United Nations unilateral declaration of a
While most high-ranking dignitaries from the United States tend to avoid
demonstrators on behalf of imprisoned Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard,
Hoyer, had no such inhibition.
Hoyer stopped to talk on Wednesday with demonstrators opposite the President's Residence.
Hoyer explained to The Jerusalem Post
that the Pollard issue was a legal matter to be discussed by the legal
systems of Israel and the United States and there was not much that he
could do about it.