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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
[Sanctions against Gaza] President Peres delivered a speech at the closing event of the Homeland Security Conference and addressed the security situation on Israel's borders

"If the message becomes that you can shoot and still be paid it will be a
catastrophe for everybody and that's what is happening"

President Peres delivered a speech at the closing event of the Homeland
Security Conference and addressed the security situation on Israel's borders

President Shimon Peres, today (Tuesday, 13 November 2012), delivered remarks
at the Homeland Security Conference (HLS)
http://www.israelhls2012.com/
, the second international conference for homeland security which took place
in Tel Aviv. President Peres said, "As someone who was part of founding
Israel's defense industries I am delighted to see the innovative
technological developments which are leading the world in homeland security.
I am proud of my people; we are a nation with creativity and wisdom, courage
and chutzpah."

President Peres spoke to the media and addressed the situation on Israel's
borders. Regarding the situation in southern Israel
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle+to+Peace/Hamas+war+against+Israel/Israel_under_fire-November_2012.htm
the President said, "We are taking it very seriously. We will do what we can
to lower the flames as much as possible but we will keep our people safe. We
will ensure that Israeli mothers can get a quiet and safe night's sleep with
their children, that is a basic human right. If the message becomes that you
can shoot and still be paid it will be a catastrophe for everybody and
that's what is happening. If the Emir of Qatar wants to give donations he
can give as much as he wants but what would he do if someone was shooting at
Doha. It's a scandal. We call on all the people who provide money to make a
clear condition, you shoot then you won't get paid. The people who govern
Gaza made decide if they want to fire or if they want peace, we cannot
permit double standards. "

In relation to the northern border
http://www.idf.il/1283-17551-en/Dover.aspx
President Peres emphasized that, "First of all as a human being I deeply
regret the bloodshed, children being killed by their own government is
unacceptable, there are moral principles. We are not involved in what's
going on in Syria and we have no intention to intervene in what is a
terrible and sad story. But if they try to shoot at us we shall defend
ourselves. We will be considered, we will analyse every event but we shall
defend ourselves."

President Peres was asked why Israel is such a leader when it comes to
technological development and said, "Israel has to defend itself, we have
neither land nor wealth, what we have are people who are devoted and are
trying to defend this small country. With the dangers we face we cannot be
mediocre, we must excel."

For additional information:

Ayelet Frish Spokesperson and Media Adviser to the President of Israel,
050-6205111

Yair Zivan International Media Coordinator, Office of the President of
Israel, 052-3450061

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