Full Text Israel Political Brief April 8, 2013: President Shimon Peres & US Secretary of John Kerry’s Remarks Before Their Meeting



Remarks With Israeli President Shimon Peres Before Their Meeting

Source: State.gov, 4-8-13


John Kerry
President’s Residence
April 8, 2013

Well, Mr. President, thank you very, very much for an extraordinarily generous and warm welcome. It’s really such an honor to be here today to share in Yom HaShoah and to be there at Yad Vashem to lay a wreath on behalf of the American people, but most importantly to simply share in the uniqueness of that expression of sorrow and honor for this remarkable moment in history that we marked.

I was standing there listening to the siren wail and thinking of the stories people have told me of everybody in Israel stopping. If you’re in a car, you get out and you stand at attention. The whole country freezes. And I know it’s one of only two moments when that happens, for Yom HaShoah and for the fallen in battle in struggles. So that wailing had a profound impact on me. It was impressive. And I think the lesson of today is underscored in your comments about the possibilities for peace, the possibilities for people to live together without hatred, and finding the common ground. I believe in that, and I know you believe in that.

You are correct; we have known each other, I think, more than 30 years now. And I’ve had the privilege of watching you lead as a statesman. I’ve had the privilege of working with you in the different hats you have worn in government. And it’s a great privilege for me to be able to be here now representing President Obama and the American people in this effort to try to get us across the line.

We all know it’s not easy. But as you said yourself, it can be done. And it has been expressed by your leaders and others through years that people believe in the possibility of a two-state solution. I am convinced there is a road forward, and I look forward to the discussions with your leaders and yourself regarding how that road could be sort of reignited, if you will, once again setting out on that path.

I would say to everybody I have no illusions about difficulties. We’ve seen them. But you have to believe in the possibilities to be able to get there, and you and I believe in them, and I am convinced that there is a road ahead.

With respect to Iran and other threats, I am very pleased to confirm to you what I know you know, and what I hope the people of Israel know after the historic visit of President Obama here: You have a friend in President Obama. You have friends in this Administration, in the Congress, and in America. We understand the nature of the threat of Iran. And as the President has said many times – he doesn’t bluff; he is serious – we will stand with Israel against this threat and with the rest of the world, who have underscored that all we are looking for is Iran to live up to its international obligations.

No option is off the table. No option will be taken off the table. And I confirm to you, Mr. President, that we will continue to seek a diplomatic solution. But our eyes are open, and we understand that the clock is moving. And no one will allow the diplomatic process to stand in the way of whatever choices need to be made to protect the world from yet another nuclear weapon in the wrong hands.

So I look forward to our conversation, and I’ll look forward to my subsequent conversations while I’m here. And I’m confident, Mr. President, that we will be working together and seeing more of each other over the course of these next months. And thank you again for a very, very generous welcome.

Israel Political Brief April 8, 2013: US Secretary of State John Kerry tells President Shimon Peres he sees ‘road ahead’ on peace



Kerry tells Peres he sees ‘road ahead’ on peace

Source: JTA, 4-8-13

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Israel said he sees “a road ahead” on the two-state solution for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Read more »

Israel Political Brief April 8, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Mourns Margaret Thatcher, ‘Staunch Friend of Israel’



Netanyahu Mourns Thatcher, ‘Staunch Friend of Israel’

Source: The Jewish Press, 4-8-13

“Today I mourn the passing of Prime Minister Baroness Margaret ,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said shortly after her death was announced Monday….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 8, 2013: Israel stops to remember victims of Holocaust



Israel stops to remember victims of Holocaust

Source: JTA, 4-8-13 

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Israel Political Brief April 8, 2013: Hatred of Jews remains strong, PM Benjamin Netanyahu & President Shimon Peres tell Yom Hashoah Ceremony



Hatred of Jews remains strong, Netanyahu and Peres tell Yom Hashoah rite

Source: The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A, 4-8-13

The hatred of Jews is still strong more than 70 years after the Holocaust began, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres said at the national Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem….READ MORE

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