Peres: We're running out of time for peace

President says delegitimization, growing radical Islam, Iran are making peace more urgent; window of opportunity won't stay open for very long.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 14, 2010 13:04
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President Shimon Peres speaking

President Shimon Peres podium 311. (photo credit: Replay Productions)

President Shimon Peres Tuesday told a convention in the Galilee that "time is running out" for the peace process.

Peres said that the "peace hourglass is running out due to the process of delegitimization against Israel, the strengthening of radical Islam and Iranian missiles."

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The president stressed that Israelis need to take the subject seriously. "There is a window of opportunity that openned and there is not a feeling that it will stay open for much more time."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak Tuesday morning echoed Peres' sentiment, saying that without a peace deal, Israel's situation will deteriorate and the delegitimization campaigns in the third world will increase, Israel Radio reported. Barak called this a danger no less than Hizbullah, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, according to the report.

The president also addressed a letter published last week by dozens of rabbis banning the sale or rental of property to Arabs, saying it contradicts the "full right to live, work and study" wherever one wants. He added that there is no contradiction between religion and democracy - Moses was the first democrat and he reminded us that 'you lived in Egypt.'"

"There is room for everyone in the Galilee," Peres said.


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