Peres in The Hague 370.
(photo credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
What Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in his address to the UN General
Assembly last week was based on a reality of lies, President Shimon Peres told a
press conference at The Hague on Monday, adding that even as Rouhani was
speaking, forces in Iran were at work creating nuclear bombs.
speech was nice but it was based on a false reality as Iranian centrifuges, at
this very moment, continue to work and produce enriched uranium for a nuclear
bomb,” Peres said. “The program to develop long-range missiles which can carry
nuclear warheads is being expanded and the Revolutionary Guards continue to
support terror organizations.
We listen to the speeches at the United
Nations, but the only way to test Iran’s intentions is by deeds and not just
The Iranian nuclear threat is not just an Israeli problem but for
the whole world, which doesn’t want to be threatened by one country.”
press conference followed Peres’s address to the International Court of Justice
– a forum in which Israel has been castigated on more than one
In welcoming Peres, ICJ President Judge Peter Tomka was
eloquent in his praise of Peres’s long years of commitment to, and work for,
“We are honored by your presence,” said Tomka. “Peace can be based
on justice and solid legal foundations. Whenever we solve disputes between
sovereign states, we always emphasize that the most efficient way is through
negotiations. We wish your people peace and justice in a safe and secure
environment with peace with your neighbors.”
Addressing the ICJ’s
11-member panel in the Peace Palace at The Hague, Peres spoke of the
significance with which Israel views the work of the court in resolving
conflicts between nations.
Alluding to criticisms against Israel, Peres
declared that even when coping with acts of terrorism, IDF soldiers operate with
the highest of values.
“IDF soldiers hold morality and justice as their
highest values,” he said. “The IDF is committed to defense and peace while
securing human rights and maintaining international law.”
the court on the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying “we
hope that they will bear fruit for the two sides, who want to live side by side
in peace and security.
“Completing the negotiations is of the utmost
importance – it is perhaps the last and most significant conflict between us and
the Arab world.”
Peace exacts a very heavy price, he said, and spoke of
the traumas suffered by Israelis living in areas where they were under constant
threat and frequent barrages of rocket fire.
Commenting on the UN
Security Council’s resolution on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons,
Peres said that Israel had signed an agreement not to build or use chemical
weapons but had not been asked to resign the treaty. He was certain that the
Israeli government, if asked to do so, would give the matter its most serious