Shimon Peres is hopeless. He clings to "Land for Peace" like the Palis cling to "occupation," even when there is not one Jew "occupying" Gaza. Peres just doesn't get it. The Muslims want to drive the Jews into the sea. There is a dementia in doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. A few years ago, Shimon Peres said "we have to close our eyes for peace" -- in other words, completely ignore the reality on the ground. And he is still at it.
Israeli President: Israel Closer than Ever to Peace with Palestinians The Israel Project July 26
Jerusalem, July 26 - Israel’s President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that Israel is closer than ever to peace with the Palestinians. He made the remarks at an event for Arabic press organized in cooperation with The Israel Project’s People-to-People Arabic Media Program.
More than 30 Arabic-language media outlets attended, including prominent outlets from Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Dubai, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.
The Israeli president used the opportunity to wish Muslims in the region a warm Ramadan holiday. He also spoke about Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Arab Spring, Iran and Syria.
Peres said that both the Israeli people and their government support a two-state solution.
A "Palestinian" state would be a new base for more jihad attacks against Israel, like Gaza was after the Israelis withdrew. You'd think the old fool would have caught on by now.
"Peace is made even when it is considered impossible. Peace is just a matter of time, but I prefer that we move quickly,” he said. “Today’s youth are driving the push for peace,” said Peres, noting that the Arab Spring resulted from the Arab public’s desire for real, grassroots change.
”I am talking to all parties. I believe that together the leaders of both the Israelis and Palestinians can make political moves to return to the negotiating table. I’m on this podium again calling on the parties to return to negotiations. This would be a breakthrough for all sides,” Peres said.
In September, the Palestinian Authority is expected to bring a plan to unilaterally declare a state before the U.N. General Assembly – a move Israel opposes because it precludes peace talks as a means to achieving lasting peace.
Peres stressed that Israel made bold moves for peace by pursuing peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt at a time when people did not believe it was possible. “Israel and Egypt made major land-swaps in order to reach that peace deal,” Peres said.
"Land swaps"? Israel gave up Sinai; what did she get in return? Land? No. Empty promises.
A recent poll commissioned by The Israel Project shows that Palestinians in the West Bank are supportive of negotiations with Israel as a path to peace. The poll also shows that they view their well-being – getting jobs, healthcare and investments – as a new priority in the Arab Spring.
Anyone who believes that the "Palestinians" want peace with Israel is delusional. If they want negotiations, it is only as a means to weaken Israel further and eventually destroy her -- a goal that neither Hamas nor Fatah has ever renounced.
Relating to Syria, Peres noted: “People want to rule themselves; they don’t want to be ruled by tyrants.” He lauded the Syrian people as brave and hopeful.
Peres said: “Their courage and resilience deserves respect. “It’s easy to demonstrate, but not when you’re being fired at. I believe that nations that want peace will ultimately prevail. And, it makes it easier to achieve peace between Israel and Syria.”...
Good luck with that.
Ramadan and the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, Peres said, are both important, similarly reflective holidays – a time when people look within for change and courage.
Peres should be ashamed to equate the Day of Atonement with the Month of Jihad.