Peres commends government and security forces for Hebron evacuation

President Shimon Peres on Thursday evening commended security forces on the evacuation of Beit Hashalom in Hebron, saying that they had acted with "sense and responsibility." "In order to safeguard its constitution and security, the state must sometimes take difficult measures," Peres said. "In this instance there was no escaping the difficult steps that were taken by defense forces. I commend the government and security forces for making a difficult decision and carrying it out with sense and responsibility."