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        2/18/2014, Adar 18, 5774

      Peres: Kerry Cannot be Replaced; Enormous Contribution

      President Shim'on Peres met, Tuesday morning, with a delegation of senior members of the United States Congress and other lawmakers in the Congressional Black Caucus who serve on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Justice and Budget Committees.

      Referring to the diplomatic process with the Palestinian Authority, Peres told the delegation that Secretary of State John Kerry cannot be replaced, calling Kerry's contribution to the peace process enormous, adding that it is not a simple process. He noted that U.S. President Barack Obama and Kerry are trying to bring an end to a dispute of many years, with historical gaps in views between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He also said The United States is active in the Middle East to promote democracy and contribute values ​​to the Middle East, rather than from economic interests.