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Israel Wants Peace and To Be Free of Gaza; But Ready For Hamas Attacks

February 2, 2009

“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:

From Haaretz:


Israeli President, Turkey PM In “Amicable” Conversation; Some Media Magnifies Dispute

January 30, 2009

CNN and other impartial media are downplaying the discussion between Turkey’s  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The media in Turkey and elsewhere are playing up the dust up, claiming Israel insulted Turkey and the Israeli side apologized.

That just isn’t so, Israel says.

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage Thursday, as Israeli President Shimon Peres sits, left. 

Above: Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage Thursday, as Israeli President Shimon Peres sits, left. Some media said Erdogan “stormed” out.

Thankfully, some media remain unbiased and impartial, as we see in this CNN report:

This event highlights the volatility of the world situation and how the media can add to or slow down disagreements.

Gaza Fight Thunders Across Middle East, Britain, France, Media

Diplomatic Conduct Explodes Over Israel, Gaza: Turkey’s PM Hero At Home

January 30, 2009

It isn’t often that two heads of state show any emotion and a public diplomatic event.  A show of anger: never.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a hero’s welcome upon his return to Istanbul on Friday following his public spat at the World Economic Forum in Davos with President Shimon Peres over the fighting in Gaza.

Erdogan said he had been insulted. “My responsibility is to protect the honor of the Turkish nation.”

The Prime Minister’s Office said that Erdogan assured Peres that he wasn’t angry with him, but with the organizers of the forum. The Israeli PM’s office denied Turkish media reports that Peres had apologized to Erdogan.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, Prime Minister of Turkey and Shimon ... 
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, Prime Minister of Turkey and Shimon Peres, right, President of Israel during a plenary session on the Middle East Peace at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.  Erdogan verbally sparred with peres and then stalked off.(AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron)

During the forum, Erdogan had become enraged over being cut off by a panel moderator after listening to an impassioned monologue by Peres defending Operation Cast Lead.

Peres’s defense was prompted by harsh criticism leveled at Israel not only by Erdogan, but also by the two other panelists, Arab League head Amr Moussa and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“You are killing people,” Erdogan declared to Peres.

Jerusalem Post:


Around 3,000 supporters welcomed Mr Erdogan’s return to Istanbul, waving red and white Turkish flags and declaring the PM a hero.  See: