Peres and Netanyahu address International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians
9 January 2006

January 09, 2006

In an address to the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) in Jerusalem on Sunday, Israel's deputy prime minister Shimon Peres said that the far-right and the far-left in Israel had become minorities, with most of the country united behind the vision of peace and security set out by prime minister Ariel Sharon. "Today, there is a wide basis for peace with the full support of a new strong party of people who got tired of old definitions," Peres said according to the "Jerusalem Post". He also lent his support to Ehud Olmert to succeed Sharon as prime minister, saying: "Ehud Olmert was nominated by Ariel Sharon to become acting prime minister when the need for it arises. I supported it then and I support it now." Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told the same conference that in his view, the Palestinian society was "dysfunctional and in collapse. It has been overtaken by the forces of terror and radicalism."

The gathering of the ICJP, which runs until 10 January, is sponsored by the World Jewish Congress, includes ministers and parliamentarians from 28 countries. Proceedings can be watched live via this link