Peres: Right can also remember Rabin

President urges democracy supporters to unite; calls Obama win "moral victory" over racism; backs Labor.

peres rabin memorial 248 88 ap (photo credit: AP)
peres rabin memorial 248 88 ap
(photo credit: AP)
The Right can also take part in rallies commemorating the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, as supporters of democracy, President Shimon Peres said in an interview with Israel Radio Monday. "We need to enlist all those who want to protect democracy, to bring their opinions along. We need to present the truth as it is, to highlight what really represents us." Peres stressed that he saw "no problem at all" with people holding different political opinions coming together "with placards" to such events. "We all agree that we are a democratic country… and there is no place for a state within a state or an army within an army. Much of [the Right] criticized [Rabin's] murder." Peres went on to say that the quarrel between the Left and the Right was not about whether or not peace should be sought, but rather "which peace." On the recent victory of US President-elect Barack Obama, Peres said he was "happy, but for a different reason." Obama's victory, according to the president, was a "moral victory" over racism, and the likes of "Hitler and Nazis." Such an event, he said, happens only "once in a thousand years." Peres commented also on the upcoming general elections in Israel, and referred to his former faction, the Labor party. He claimed that despite polls, the party would not disappear from the political arena, as it had not "finished its historic role." "After the elections we'll see the results," he vowed.