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  2/11/2013, Adar 1, 5773

Peres: Iran Reflected in Coalition Talks, Obama Visit


President Shim'on Peres told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Monday, "I held consultations with the representatives of all the parties and the candidates themselves spoke about three main issues; the danger of Iran, the diplomatic process with the Palestinians and equality internally. I hope that a government can be formed as quickly as possible." Regarding the upcoming visit of United States President Barack Obama, he also said, "President Obama is serious that the United States has to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, not just because of Israel but for the safety and security of our time."

On the subject of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Peres said, "We must really try to make peace wherever we can and immediately, I believe we can move forward with the Palestinians because none of us would like to be victims of the terror organizations, Hamas and Hezbollah, or Iran. Each of us would like to live in peace." He said the turmoil in neighboring countries is not about Israel but affects the modern Jewish state, adding, "The real problems in the Middle East are starvation, unemployment and lack of dignity. We have to defend our island under those circumstances and to see if we can be of any help to calm the sea.  We are interested in seeing the Arab world in a better situation, finding answers to poverty and discrimination."