President Shimon Peres today opened the conference of ambassadors and heads of missions in Israel, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, in the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
In his opening remarks the President referred to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians and said, "since the establishment of the state, Israel has always faced dangers of overwhelming odds, and for the first time, today the reality has been reversed, and prospects are now much more real and promising than the dangers. Israel, for the first time has been offered a special status by the European Union, and the Arab League for the first time recognizes the existence of Israel, realizing that Israel is not the enemy. Make no mistake - the danger of an economic boycott of Israel is far more palpable than a security threat. Unlike you all, I was here from before the establishment of the state. Ben Gurion faced difficult decisions involving great risk against improbable odds. Today there are many chances for Israel."