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Peres insists: Abbas still a peace partner

Despite Palestinian Authority incitement, chairman Mahmoud Abbas ‘has come out against terrorism,’ former president insists.
By Tova Dvorin

Sunday marks the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Former President Shimon Peres spoke to Army Radio ahead of the commemoration, where he noted that he is “worried” about Israel’s current security situation.

“I am full of worry, I will not hide,” Peres said. “There was always incitement against us, there has always been violence, there has always been terrorism, there has always been loneliness.”:

“But since the establishment of the State of Israel by David Ben-Gurion until the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin – we had stood on one thing: [that] Israel will be a Jewish and democratic State.”

“Today I do not know for what the state stands,” Peres continued. “The Prime Minister says one thing, members of the government say something else.”

“The prime minister said earlier at Bar Ilan University that he supports two states. Then he said he was for it, but against the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

Peres rejected the notion of a binational state, saying it would eliminate the Jewish character of the State


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