President Shim'on Peres welcomed Pope Francis to Israel on Sunday. He told the pontiff, "We are grateful to you for assuming your sensitive and resolute stand against all expressions of anti-Semitism. Against all manifestations of racism," noting, "Only yesterday, criminals shot innocent people in the Jewish Museum in Brussels only because they thought they were Jewish. This is a manifestation that poisons wells and cannot be accepted."
Peres also said, "And we shall all pray for peace in the world and justice in our society. In the words of Isaiah: “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah, 58:7) And to this I shall add: “And you will know no more wars.” And may the Ten Commandments, written 3500 years ago, continue to serve as a guiding light also for our future."