Israeli President Shimon Peres, in an interview Monday with CNN, addressed the recent escalation in Gaza and southern Israel, the security situation on the northern border, Iran, U.S.-Israel relations after the election and the air raids in Sudan.
At the beginning of the interview the president was asked about Israel's military response to Hamas in Gaza. He said, "It is on the leaders and citizens of the world to ask the terrorists in Gaza why they shoot at innocent people in Israel. Would they be willing to absorb missiles in their countries? Israel completely left Gaza and did so voluntarily, and because of this there is no reason for them to be firing on the residents of the South. "