Peres to Panetta: Iran Striving for Islamic Middle East Empire (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 06/12/12)
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The world must not let Iran take control of the Middle East,
President Shimon Peres told U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at
the Pentagon Monday.
“I respect the diplomatic process, but the clock is ticking and Iran
continues to race towards manufacturing a nuclear weapon while it
also continues to lie and deceive,” the president warned. He was
quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 television.
“It is a country of ayatollahs, and Iran is the only country in the
Middle East that has imperialistic desires in the name of religion.
No responsible country in the world can accept a situation in which
the Middle East will be sacrificed for Iranian hegemony.”
While rejecting the ability of the “diplomatic process” to stop Iran,
President Peres reiterated his belief in talks between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority. He told the Secretary of defense that Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new national unity
coalition “definitely will help improve the chances for peace.” He
again said that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is “a serious partner for
PA officials said this week that it is open for “talks” but not for
negotiations because Israel must accept its conditions for the
creation of the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country that it
wants established within Israel’s borders.
Panetta did not publicly respond to President Peres’ comments on Iran
and limited his response to reminding him of the “strong
relationship” between the United States and Israel and that the U.S.
Army’s objective is "to ensure a better future for our children.”
He also congratulated Peres on his receiving the Medal of Freedom
from President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to present the award on
Wednesday. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/12/12)
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