Peres: 'Victoria' shows Syria providing Hamas arms

President calls on people of Lebanon to free themselves of Hezbollah and Iranian influence and "return to be free people in the new world."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 17, 2011 13:40
1 minute read.
Peres

Peres 311 reuters. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

President Shimon Peres on Thursday said that the Navy's seizure of the cargo ship Victoria earlier this week proves that Syria is providing weapons to Hamas in Gaza and to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Peres made the comments at a memorial ceremony for Joseph Trumpledor in Tel Hai near the Lebanon border.

The Israel Navy seized the vessel early Tuesday morning in the Mediterranean Sea, finding advanced weaponry, including anti-ship missiles that could alter the balance of power in the region. Israel believes the weaponry originated in Iran and was destined for Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. 39 containers aboard the ship were loaded in the Syrian port of Latakia.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Amnesty condemns Syrian crackdown on protest
Editorial: Iran’s war ship

"Bad things can develop from the North, but in the North we also could end the war. It depends on our Syrian and Lebanese neighbors," Peres said.

"Hezbollah, an Iranian satellite, controls Lebanon," said Peres, calling on the people of Lebanon to free themselves of Iranian and Syrian influence and "return to be free people in the new world."

Peres called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to choose the path of peace, saying that if he did, "we are a partner for talks."

The president said that he believed the young generation in the Arab world would win out against tyrants and dictators.

"The tyrants are no longer able to hide the true face of reality, and therefore they cannot survive for long. The progressive Arab camp doesn't shoot at their brother Arabs. Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad shoot their own people. Their countrymen will not forgive them for that," said Peres.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN