President Shimon Peres, currently on a working visit in South Korea, in the course of a media conference on Wednesday, expressed shame and outrage at the heroes' welcome accorded to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), that took place in Istanbul this week.
"A leader who calls for the extermination of a whole people, and who develops nuclear weapons of mass destruction does not deserve a place at an international summit," said Peres. "Instead of being received with honors, he should stay home."
Peres underscored that Israel is defending her borders against missiles and Iranian-supplied weaponry.
He made the point that Israel welcomes any humanitarian aid to Gaza, but any country that sends such aid must be made to understand that it cannot be delivered without being subjected to a security check.
Peres drew a parallel between the precautions that South Korea takes against any infiltration from North Korea that would place South Korea in jeopardy, and the precautions that Israel has to take against terrorist infiltration.