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Peres to Obama: There is a Limit to How Much Israel Can Absorb

Peres spoke with Obama about the "Pillar of Defense" operation and the escalation in the south
By Annie Lubin
First Publish: 11/14/2012, 9:35 PM

Peres in Sderot
Peres in Sderot
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Israeli President Shimon Peres spoke tonight (Wednesday) with his American counterpart, Barack Obama, about the "Pillar of Defense" operation.

Peres told Obama, "this evening we killed a mass murderer, head of Hamas' military wing, Ahmed Jaabari. He was very extreme and stood behind the attacks and many terrorist activities."

Peres said that Israel did not want things to escalate but was forced into a position where it had no choice but to defend the population in the South that was exposed to unbearable conditions, as he said. “For five days rockets were continuously fired at Israel. Mothers and children cannot sleep at night. I visited Sderot this morning (Wednesday) and saw with my own eyes the pain of the mothers and children, the difficulty of the south. There is a limit to how much Israel can absorb."

President Peres congratulated President Obama for his reelection for U.S. President and said "your election is an amazing message for the whole world and especially Israel. You are the best representative of the future, of a person who looks ahead and runs on conviction. I wish you success during your second presidency. "