President Shimon Peres stressed his belief that Israel can make peace with the present Palestinian leadership, while speaking at the 4th Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening.
"Peace is our aspiration and our strategy... For us, the pursuit of peace is the realization of higher Jewish moral imperative, but it is also a vital interest," Peres continued.
The president said that he would not have pushed for a historic compromise with the Arab world if he was not entirely convinced of Israel's strength. He added that the principle of two states for two people was a clear Israeli interest, and the way to keep Israel as a Jewish, democratic and attractive state.
Peres spoke of the pursuit of peace as one of three basic Israeli values, the other two being morality and the love of knowledge.