Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that his country could cease to exist as a Jewish state, becoming a binational one, if the deadlock in peace talks with the Palestinians continues.
Mr. Peres also warned that Israel’s future is “doomed” if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government continues with the current policy of “foot-dragging”, which may soon lead to its isolation in the international community.
“I’m concerned about the continued freeze (in the peace talks),” the Nobel laureate President was quoted by daily Ha’aretz as saying to people who visited him this week.
“I’m concerned that Israel will become a binational state. What is happening now is total foot-dragging. We’re about to crash into the wall. We’re galloping at full speed toward a situation where Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish state,” he said.
Mr. Peres this week completed four years in office, but people who met him this week found his mood far from festive, the daily said.
He reportedly prophesied that Israel would be “doomed” unless negotiations with the Palestinians leading to a peace agreement began in the immediate future.
“Whoever accepts the basic principle of the 1967 lines will receive international support. Whoever rejects it will lose the world,” he said in a sharp criticism to Mr. Netanyahu’s vehement objection to starting peace talks on the basis of the 1967 lines, which he called “indefensible” in both the Knesset and the U.S. Congress.