(Communicated by the Office of the President)This morning (11 September 2013) President Peres addressed developments regarding to Syria and said:
world cannot remain silent regarding the bloodshed and murder of
children that is taking place in Syria. Diplomacy is always preferable
to war but the main issue at present is integrity and in particular the
integrity of the Syrian regime.
If Syria is honest and will take
real steps to remove and destroy the chemical weapons in its territory,
the US will not attack. If there will be a crack in Syria's integrity I
have no doubt that the US will act militarily. Syria will not go back
to being what it was, the war and terror have divided that country into
parts, into a number of countries."President Shimon
Peres (Wednesday, 11 September 2013) spoke at an IDF Naval Cadets
graduation ceremony and addressed the turbulence in the Middle East, the
situation in Syria and the renewal of peace talks between Israel and
the Palestinians. President Peres also paid special tribute to the
United States and expressed Israel's solidarity on the 12th anniversary
of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On Israel's place in the
Middle East President Peres said, "Israel is a political island in a
large ocean prone to storms. The storms don't stem from Israel nor is
Israel concerned with attempts to connect her to the storms because she
is both strong and right. Israel is prepared to defend the island, and
aims to create the conditions which will calm the sea and bring peace to
her shores. Israel has achieved military might because of investment in
civilian strength. We must defend our shores, the open seas and natural
resources which have recently been discovered. We threaten no-one but
we do not ignore the threats against us nor will we allow them to
frighten us. Whoever is ready for peace – our hand is stretched out to
them. Whoever attempts to attack us will pay a heavy price. Assad knows
that any harm to Israel will cost him and we have proven our ability to
defend ourselves from war. We have the ability to overcome terror.
Terror today is like a boomerang – it harms those who us it more than it
harms its targets."
President Peres also paid tribute to the United States of America and expressed Israel's solidarity 12 years since the terror attacks of 9/11
"Today, September 11th, one of the worst terrorist crimes in history
was committed. The mourning of the United States of America is also the
mourning of Israel. The United States overcame that tragedy and has
successfully faced the threat of terror."
addressed the situation in Syria: "Even in these very days, under the
leadership of President Obama, the United States is showing its moral
and democratic weight and the strength of its military by attempting to
bring an immediate end to the use of chemical weapons and to its
ultimate destruction. The murder of innocents, including women and
children, is a crime which cannot be ignored. It wasn't the anger over
the images of dead children that affected Assad but the military threat
which forced him to respond to the initiative to remove and disarm his
At this very moment American and Russian
leaders are working to find a way to achieve this aim without war. Assad
alone cannot be trusted to honor the agreement. I know both President
Obama and President Putin and I am convinced that if an agreement is
reached it will be reliable, explicit and significant. The agreement
must ensure that Assad has no chemical weapons."
addressed the peace negotiations with the Palestinians and said, "Thanks
to the IDF, Israel is stronger than ever and is able, more than ever,
to seek peace and security with our neighbors. I greatly appreciate the
fact that the Israeli government, and Prime Minister Netanyahu, took the
decision despite all the difficulties to renew the peace negotiations
with the Palestinians. I pray for their success."