PRESIDENT SHIMON Peres and Qadi Daoud Al-Zeini 370.
(photo credit: GPO)
President Shimon Peres hosted an Iftar dinner at his residence on Sunday night
for spiritual and lay leaders and the youth of Muslim communities in
While welcoming the possible resumption of the peace process
between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Arabs are concerned about
the simmering hatred and intolerance that may be festering simultaneously in
Israel, said Qadi Daoud Al-Zeini of the Sharia Court of Appeals.
the president to use his influence to prevent the price tag war from erupting
into something even more damaging.
Zeini said that so far the culprits
involved in these incidents had taken out their hatred on property rather than
on people. But, he said, it was only a matter of time before these radicals
would begin to kill as well as to vandalize and destroy.
It was a matter
of grave concern to the Arab community, said Al-Zeini, that the perpetrators of
these hate crimes were not adequately punished and in some cases were not
punished at all.
Alluding to Palestinians who as a result of what
transpires in any upcoming talks may have to move from their homes, Al- Zeini
said: “History has taught us that nothing is more tragic than uprooting someone
from their home and forcing them to live somewhere else. A man never forgets his
home and his land, and he teaches this to his son who teaches it to his grandson
who teaches it to his great grandson…” Al-Zeini warned that without negotiations
and mutual agreements, any proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
is doomed to failure. “Let us pray that the peace process will hopefully be
renewed and will bear fruit,” he said.
Peres was somewhat more
optimistic. When invitations to the Iftar dinner had been issued, he said,
no-one knew of the change that is about to take place.
“Some people say
nothing will come of it. I say that something will come of it because there is
nothing to be gained any more from war and terror,” he said.
commended Abbas for taking “a brave and historic decision to return to
negotiations” and advised him not to listen to the skeptics.
president also noted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s brave decision, based
on his understanding that this was an historic opportunity.
“We will do
all that we can to solve the conflict and live together in peace,” said
Peres. “We want to see both nations going down the right
Peres also had warm words of appreciation for Kerry, who despite
all odds had persevered with dogged determination to get the peace process back