Peres: There is ´no chance´ Iran will triumph (JERUSALEM POST) By GREER FAY CASHMAN 04/27/12)
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The world´s stance against Iran´s nuclear program would make it
impossible for Iran to triumph on the issue, President Shimon Peres
said in a Thursday interview with Channel 10.
"There is no chance Iran will triumph over the world, and there is
every chance the world will triumph over Iran," Peres said, asking
rhetorically whether Iran or the world was under greater pressure.
Asked whether he could understand Iran´s desire to develop nuclear
capabilities, Peres replied, "I can understand it, but I cannot
Speaking with Channel 2 news in a separate interview, Peres spoke
about the conflict in Syria, and the end of his terms.
Syrian President Bashar Assad is a war criminal, Peres said flatly.
Responding to a regarding question whether he thought an alternative
government to the Assad regime could be worse for Israel, the
president responded: "Assad is the worst there is."
"If you kill even one child," you cannot be the leader of your
country, he said.
"[Assad] is a liar, and he won´t stop," said Peres, adding there is
no other choice except for the Syrian president - who has fought a 13-
month battle against opposition activists in a conflict that has
killed more than 9,000 people according to the UN - to step down.
Talking about his own presidency, Peres said he will be happy to end
his term as president after 10 years, and will not take the legal
steps to allowing an extension to his tenure.
Peres said his service to the state will not end after the end of his
presidency in two years.
Speaking affably with Channel 2 news´ Yonit Levy, the president said
he has reached a point in his career when his ideas and goals are met
with great encouragement.
"When I was prime minister, I rarely heard the word ´yes,´" he
mused. "Now, I rarely hear the word no." (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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