Muslim clerics from Indonesia pay rare public visit to Israel

December 7, 2007 15:41


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President Shimon Peres on Friday hosted a rare delegation of Muslim religious leaders from Indonesia, a country that doesn't have diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. The clerics, who represent 70 million Muslim faithful, told Peres they came to present the moderate face of Islam that seeks cooperation and peace with other countries and religions, and repudiates Islamic extremists, Peres' office said in a statement. In welcoming the delegation, Peres declared that Israel's enemy "is not Islam, but terror." The people of the world must "repudiate the use of religion to justify the use of terror and bloodshed," he told the clerics.

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