Peres sees "new opening" for bringing ME peace

Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Tuesday he was optimistic that peace can be restored in the Middle East following recent developments between his country and Palestinian officials. "I hope that we now have a new opening. I'm very glad to see these developments," Peres said before a speech to a near-capacity crowd of about 1,300 people at Cornell University's Bailey Hall in the US. Peres' comments came a day after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called on the Palestinians to return to peace talks, saying his country would be willing to leave most of the West Bank in exchange for a "real peace."