ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF
ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS
Full text of Shimon Peres’s speech in Jerusalem
President thanks Obama for the ‘long days’ and ‘sleepless nights’ he spent caring for Israel and its future
Source: Times of Israel, 3-20-1
US President Barack Obama at a joint press conference with President Shimon Peres at Peres’ residence in Jerusalem on March 20, 2013. (Photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)”
US President Barack Obama at a joint press conference with President Shimon Peres at Peres’ residence in Jerusalem on March 20, 2013. (Photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)President Obama,
It is a great privilege for me and for the people of Israel to host you here in Jerusalem.
It was a pleasure to sit with a true friend like you.
After the meeting we just had, I am even more confident that your vision can transform the Middle East.
Your vision is doable. You arrived here already with an impressive record of answering our needs, particularly and unforgettably in the domain of security.
I want to thank you personally, my dear friend, for the long days and for the sleepless nights which you spend caring for our country, for our future. We live in an age that is both global and domestic. Interests may divide people but vision unites them.
There is no real division between us. There is a common vision uniting us. To confront the dangers. To bring peace closer.
The greatest danger is a nuclear Iran. So you said, so you are acting. We trust your policy which calls to first try non-military means with a clear statement that all other options remain on the table. You have made it clear that your intention is not to contain but to prevent.
We are trying, together, to restart the negotiations with the Palestinians. We have already agreed that the goal is a two state solution. There is no better one and more doable one. We consider the President of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, as our partner in the effort to stop terror and make peace.
Hamas remains a terror organization that targets innocent civilians. On our northern border Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, continues to stockpile arms and threaten our civilians while they target innocent people across the world. Hezbollah is destroying Lebanon and supporting the brutal massacre of the Syrian people by President Assad.
Fortunately the Syrian nuclear capability was destroyed but unfortunately the arsenal of chemical weapons remains.
We cannot allow for those weapons to fall into terrorist hands. It could lead to an epic tragedy.
There is an attempt to bring spring to the Arab world.
This is an Arab choice, an Arab initiative. But it may bring as well peace to the region, freedom to the people and economic growth to the Arab states.
If realized, it can lead to a better tomorrow. We pray it will become a reality.
I believe the real division is between skeptics and those who believe in peace.
Your voice will encourage belief. You came to us with a clear message that no one should let skepticism win the day, a vision that says clearly that peace is not only a wish but a possibility.
I fully support your call. There is no other way to make the future better.
There is no better leader to make it possible. Your visit is a historic step in that direction.
We shall journey with you.