(Communicated by the President’s Media Adviser)
President Shimon Peres met today with 400 government leaders, senior media editors, ambassadors, and opinion leaders from Spain. The President answered the many questions very aggressively and clearly. The questions asked related to the recent upheaval in the Middle East, the Iranian nuclear threat, the Iranian naval flotilla in the Suez Canal, and the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
In response to a question about the Iranian ships the President said that this is a cheap provocation on the part of Iran, the transit of the ships by itself is not a threat on our region, the real threat stands as a clear warning sign to you and the entire world – Iran is developing nuclear weapons of mass destruction. When nuclear weapons fall into the hands of terror organizations, or Iranian proxies, European capitals will be under an existential threat. Spain has suffered terribly from terror attacks and this will be the lot of many other countries in the world if they do not take drastic measures against Iran. Iran desires to take over the entire Middle East and impose its radical religious hegemony on the inhabitants of the Middle East.
The President also added that besides economic sanctions, the world should establish a moral campaign, a heavy moral boycott of Ahmadinejad in order to strengthen the level of embarrassment against Iran. Leaders that are photographed next to Ahmadinejad should be embarrassed and they should be prevented from being invited to walk the red carpets of the United Nations.
Regarding the recent events in the Middle East the President said that Israel supports the strengthening of democracy and peace in the Middle East. The younger generation of the Middle East demands freedom, equality, and the opportunity to live honorably. We support this. Actually, as a result of the recent events there is a great opportunity for Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. The gaps between the two sides are not great and with a concerted effort, within a short period of time we can sign a diplomatic peace agreement between us.