President Shimon Peres Says, Israel is Closer to Peace Than Ever Before

October 30, 2008 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Israel is closer than ever to peace, President Shimon
Peres said during a speech given at an event to mark the 10th
anniversary of the Shimon Peres Center for Peace.


“Never in the past 100 years are we closer to peace
than we are now”, Peres said during remarks before a crowd of hundreds
of international leaders, politicians, businessmen, media
representatives, sports and movie stars.

Mohammed Shtayeh, president of the Palestinian
Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, also addressed the
crowd on Tuesday, where he called for the Palestinian people to come
together for the cause of peace.

Shtayeh also said the Palestinians will hold a session of national
reconciliation on November 9th, bringing together members of the rival
Hamas and Fatah parties.

Hamas leaders on Tuesday said the arrests of dozens of its members
by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s security forces could hamper
Egyptian-sponsored unity talks between them and Fatah.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said the detentions could
“poison the atmosphere and block the way” towards reconciliation with
Abbas’s Fatah faction, which lost control of the Gaza Strip to the
Islamist group in fighting in June 2007.

The latest arrests, Abu Zuhri said, raised the number of Hamas
members detained by forces loyal to Abbas to at least 400 in the past
year.

Hamas says W. Bank arrests could harm unity talks

Hamas said on Tuesday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s
security forces had arrested 170 of its members in the West Bank in the
past four weeks in a campaign that could hamper Egyptian-sponsored
unity talks.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said the detentions could
“poison the atmosphere and block the way” towards reconciliation with
Abbas’s Fatah faction, which lost control of the Gaza Strip to the
Islamist group in fighting in June 2007.

The latest arrests, Abu Zuhri said, raised the number of Hamas
members detained by forces loyal to Abbas to at least 400 in the past
year.

He urged Egypt to press Abbas to halt the campaign before
Palestinian factions convene in Cairo on Nov. 9 to discuss
reconciliation.

Hamas, Fatah and other groups have welcomed Egypt’s presentation of
a draft reconciliation paper, but some factions have called on Cairo to
make amendments to the document.

Fatah spokesman Fahmi Zarir, denying any political motive behind
the arrests, said security forces in the West Bank were trying to
restore law and order.

Fatah says more than 120 of its members in the Gaza Strip are in Hamas-run jails.

Human rights groups have accused security forces loyal to Hamas and
Fatah of abuses over the past year, including extra-judicial arrests
and torture.

The head of the European Union training programme for Abbas’s
police force in the West Bank, Colin Smith, said security detainees
should be dealt with through the criminal justice system.
 
Source: Haaretz.com

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