Peres: The window of opportunity for peace is shrinking

"The window of opportunity for peace is shrinking," President Shimon Peres said Sunday during a meeting with visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. "People are losing faith in peace," Peres said. "The Middle East has a policy of talk but not action - everybody talks, but nobody does anything." "Only a fundamental change at the ground level, thousands of new workplaces and an improvement in the quality of life in the West Bank will strengthen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] the moderate peace camp." The two also discussed the situation in the Gaza Strip and the Iranian nuclear program, according to a statement issued by the president's office.