With respect to the deadlock with peace talks with the Palestinians, Israeli President Shimon Peres warned that his country could cease to exist as Jewish state, becoming a binational one and also repeatedly warned that Israel’s future could be “doomed” if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government continues with current policy of “foot dragging” and would soon lead to isolation in the international community.
The Nobel laureate President said, “I’m concerned about the continued freeze (in the peace talks)”, to the people who came to visit him.
He further added that he was concerned about the fact that Israel would become a binational state and were about to crash into the wall. “We are galloping at full speed toward a situation where Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish state”, where the words used by him to describe the situation.
Mr. Peres completed four years in the office this week but his mood has been far from festive, according to people who met him.
In criticism to Mr. Netanyahu’s objection to starting peace talks on lines on 1967, which he called “indefensible” in both Knesset and the U.S. Congress Mr. Peres added that, “Whoever accepts the basic principle of the 1967 lines will receive international support. Whoever rejects will lose the world.”
Report by Sumit