Peres with former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
Peres with former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat Flash 90

Attorney Yossi Fuchs of the Land of Israel Legal Forum called for President Shimon Peres to “wake up” on Sunday as Peres told Arab leaders that most Israelis support a return to the 1949 armistice line.

Fuchs posted his message to Peres on Facebook, and was censored by the staff who operate Peres’ Facebook page.

He wrote, “Our honorable President, when you talk about a majority that favors the 1967 lines, what kind of majority are you talking about? Do you mean a Knesset majority of the sort that you achieved for the ‘Oslo’ accords by giving a political bribe of a Mitsubishi to MK Alex Goldfarb, or maybe to the majority that Sharon’s government got for the Disengagement program by firing ministers Alon and Lieberman 48 hours before the vote?”

“And in general, when are you going to wake up from your dream of a New Middle East to the reality of the Islamic Winter that we are living in?” Fuchs asked.

He concluded, “You are the president of the country, but this is not a Presidential regime. There is a government in Jerusalem. Respect it, and it will respect you in your representative role as the state president.”

Peres has previously been accused of politicizing his position. The president’s role is normally largely ceremonial in Israel.

Many of the other posts to Peres’ Facebook page on Sunday expressed similar criticism. Several disputed Peres’ claim that the majority of Israelis want to return to the 1949-1967 armistice line.