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        1/26/2012, Shevat 2, 5772

      Peres: PA a State in Practice

      President Shimon Peres said, Thursday, that the Palestinian Authority had built a state in parallel to negotiations. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Peres said Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad had also built an army to take care of their security but it was no substitute for negotiations. He added that Israel has an historical obligation to make peace with the Arabs, in accordance with a tradition of not ruling over others.

      Peres said that the Arab Spring is not tied to the Arab-Israeli conflict even if its leaders use the conflict as an excuse to take to the streets.