“Peace cannot be postponed for another four years,” President Shimon Peres of Israel said on Monday.
Next week Israelis will vote and elect a new government. President Peres wants to make sure the next government seeks peace with both Hamas and the Palestinians.
Israel wants peace so that it doesn’t find itself responsible for the rehabilitation, administration, development and social welfare of Gaza.
“It’s possible that Hamas will try its luck again. And Fatah won’t give up on its path,” he said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ rival movement. “We will need to choose between war on Hamas as a first option and pay its price, or progress in negotiations with the Palestinians – to expedite them, and complete them during the beginning of the next government’s term.”
But Peres added that, “It’s possible that we will need to combine the two, despite the contradiction.”
From The Jerusalem Post: