The former president of Israel told The Telegraph that reviving the “two-state solution” to the conflict with the Palestinians offered the best way of healing the rift with Washington.
Peres voiced his unease about Israel’s current predicament and, in particular, the breach with America.
“I’m very concerned, but I think it can be corrected,” said Mr Peres. “And I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t be done…
“We have to straighten out that we are working with the two parties the whole time,” said Mr Peres. “Israel, for all our life, enjoyed bipartisan support. There are various impressions that we are not following the rules. We have to return to the two-party support, because basically the sympathy for Israel remains.”
Peres observed that relations with the US were in a “crisis that we have to overcome”.
Asked who was responsible, he replied: “It’s unimportant. Everybody knows there were things and I don’t see any reason for me to go into it and say ‘this was wrong, that was wrong’. I don’t think it’s helpful. Suppose I should find the person who is to be blamed? Believe me, I’m not going to hang him, nor am I going to hang up on him.”
Peres added: “I think as much as I can about the future, how to repair it. And I think it’s possible. I think if Israel will go for a two-state solution, most of the crisis will disappear.”
Netanyahu has accused Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, of celebrating terrorists and inciting violence. But Peres offered a profoundly different view. Asked whether Abbas could be Israel’s partner for peace, he replied immediately: “Yes.”
Peres added: “I know him and, look, he agreed to many things. And it wasn’t simple.” Mr Peres went on: “[Abbas] made compromises. He also made mistakes. But you negotiate because you don’t agree. We have enough disagreements to negotiate. And I believe we have enough ingenuity to find unused solutions.”
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