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Peres: Time running out on peace

By: Ahiya Raved, Y-net

15.12.2010

President warns against stalemate in negotiations with Palestinians, says 'there is no peace without regional peace. In this era missiles can be fired on us not just from Gaza, but even from Alaska'
Ahiya Raved

The European Union expressed its faith in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on Monday, but President Shimon Peres believes there is not much time left. "We are starting the countdown for peace, and time is running out," he said Tuesday at a Galilee convention in the northern city of Beit Shean.

 
"There are serious processes of de-legitimizing Israel, radical Islamization in the region and Iran arming itself. We must come to our senses now. There is not much time left for discussions," the president warned.
 
Addressing the situation in the Galilee, Peres estimated that a permanent peace agreement would speed up the development of the area.
 
"There is no peace that is not regional peace. There is no country which not affected by the global economy, and security no longer depends on one country. In this era missiles can be fired on us not just from Gaza, but even from Alaska."