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It's in our hands to put an end to bloodshed
Exclusive: Israel's outgoing president and president-elect call on Jews and Arabs to end violence and incitement, and have faith in ability to live together.
Shimon Peres, Reuven Rivlin
07.07.14, 12:15 / Israel Opinion
"Cursed is he who says: Revenge!" wrote poet Hayim Nahman Bialik. Cursed is the ruining, destroying revenge, which is painful for the sake of pain and harms innocent people.
A national struggle does not justify acts of terror. Acts of terror do not justify revenge. Revenge does not justify destruction, plunder and desolation. Even in the face of the rage and frustration, the violence and the pain, things can be done differently. Things must be done differently.
At the sound of the now silent cries ofShelly, Naftali, Gil-Ad, Eyal and Mohammed– our children – no one should remain silent here. They cried out, and we will cry out on their behalf.
In the State of Israel there is no difference between blood and blood. The democratic State of Israel sanctifies the moral right to life and the equal right each person has to be different. The murder of a boy or a girl, Jewish or Arab, is an unacceptable act.
Murderers' traces will not be blurred, there will be no cover-up and things will not be swept under the rug. The criminals who murder and take human life will be caught and punished with the full severity of the law.
We have the choice: To give in to the destructive world view that the racists and extremists are placing in front of us, or to fight it to the point of total elimination; to give in to wild and brutal Muslim or Jewish terror – or to put an end to it in every way possible."