He made the remarks during his visit on Wednesday to the largely hareidi-religious city of Bnei Brak, where he made stops in the renowned Yeshiva of Ponovezh and in the IROX hi-tech company office.
Visiting IROX, a hareidi-owned business where 80 hareidi women work, Peres said, "I would say half-jokingly that if I really had the ability to do so, I would have all the Jews keep the Sabbath and have the opportunity to work only six days a week, as the Torah commands."
"The secular sector must adapt its work-places for hareidi Jews," Peres said, "so that there can be separation betwen men and women, and time for prayers."
Peres praised the intellectual skills of Torah scholars: "Among those who study Torah are brilliant minds. Many not-religious people go to exercise in gyms; a yeshiva is a spiritual exercise gym, where you teach your mind to think and deal with challenges. Very many religious people became men of science."
Shown data regarding the export of Israeli projects abroad, Peres said, "I will meet with Israeli companies and try to convince them to keep their business here. Israel has natural advantages in terms of the quality of the employees. There is no large company that doesn't have a research-and-development branch in Israel. We have to make sure this continues."