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Shimon Peres writes that peace is necessary and possible

By Shimon Peres, Los Angeles Times
18.06.12
via Los Angeles Times (click here for the original article)
 
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President of Israel,Shimon Peres, writes that there is a partner for peace.
 
Our potential, though, cannot be completely realized without peace. Peace is not merely a national necessity, it is a moral imperative.
This is especially true today when the forces of freedom and the perpetrators of extremism clash. Achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians, for example, would strengthen the seekers of liberty and weaken the oppressors who exploit the conflict for their own ends. I have met with the President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority many times, and I know that peace is possible. The outlines of the agreement are clear to us all: two states for two peoples living side by side in mutual recognition, security and peace.
 
The enemies of liberty in the Middle East are also the enemies of peace. The Iranian regime suppresses its own people as well as others in the region. It prevents peace by sponsoring terror globally. With the ultimate weapon that it is deceptively developing, the regime aims to gain hegemony over the entire Middle East and hold the world's economy hostage.
 
 
 
Israelis cannot ignore the Iranian leaders' denial of the Holocaust and their repeated calls for our destruction. At the same time, we believe that the international effort led by President Obama, a friend of peace and a friend of Israel, may still changeIran's deadly course. We believe that, as Obama has declared, all options must remain on the table.
 
I am an optimist, but I am not naive. My many years in public service have taught me the difficulty of reconciling ideals with political realities. Yet I also understand the need to navigate by a moral compass. A nation that strives for liberty ultimately triumphs.
 
Last week at the White House, on behalf of the people of Israel, I received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This distinction is a testament to Israel's commitment to liberty and peace. This week in Jerusalem, I am hosting my annual conference in which global thinkers will consider how to ensure the fruits of liberty and peace for future generations worldwide.
 
The Middle East is suffering from malaise. But we can envisage and bring about a robust and thriving region by obliterating scarcity, generating opportunities and guaranteeing equality for all. The road to recovery begins — and ends — with freedom.