Peres: Seeing Ahmadinejad in UN is ‘Revolting’

Peres tells foreign diplomats at a pre-Rosh HaShanah reception that seeing Ahmadinejad speak in the United Nations is “revolting.”


Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu,

Peres raises glass in pre-holiday reception
Peres raises glass in pre-holiday reception
Israel news photo: Office of the President

President Shimon Peres told foreign diplomats at a pre-Rosh HaShanah reception Monday that seeing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak in the United Nations is “revolting.”

“For an Israeli to see him on the stage of the United Nations is revolting,” President Peres declared. “It is actually the antithesis of the United Nations. He calls for the destruction of Israel, he threatens to use his strength, he denies the Shoah (Holocaust), and he acts against the basic aims and philosophies of having a world organization that is trying to overcome conflicts and introduce a new tone.

“He is a dangerous man and still heading terror activities here, supplying weapons to Hamas and Hizbullah.”

President Peres also told the diplomats that Jews have prayed ‘Next Year in Jerusalem” for more than 2,000 year and still do so.

He called on  Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, “for whom I have much respect and sympathy, and I must say here and now that I think the present leadership of the Palestinians is the best we could have, [to] say: Let's start. Let's start in two ways, openly and quietly.

“We have to do these two things in a parallel manner. Let's not waste time. We are in an unfinished and undecided situation in the Middle East."




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