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Monday, November 19, 2012
PRESIDENT PERES MET WITH QUARTET SPECIAL ENVOY TONY BLAIR

Monday 19th November, 2012
PRESIDENT PERES MET WITH QUARTET SPECIAL ENVOY TONY BLAIR

President Shimon Peres today (Monday, 19 November 2012), held a working
meeting with Quartet Special Envoy Tony Blair. The two delivered joint
statements and held a private meeting. At the start of the meeting President
Peres said, "I wish to thank you for the clear support the international
community is giving Israel to defend herself against the missiles, against
the targeting of our civilians. I want to thank the Quartet and you
personally."

President Peres stressed that the aim of the operation was the cessation of
rocket fire against the south, "We have no interest and no ambition in
conquering land but we have to stop the firing at our citizens. You clearly
understand what it means when mothers can't sleep at night." On Egypt's
involvement President Peres said, "The attempt by President Morsi is
appreciated. Egypt is a significant player in the Middle East, strangely it
is Hamas that doesn't listen to the Egyptian President."

President Peres addressed the Iranian issue and said, "Iran is putting
tremendous pressure on them, supplying them with arms, training them and
sending them money. There is a confrontation between the Iranians who want
to continue Hamas' belligerence and many of the Arab countries that want to
put an end to it."

Mr. Tony Blair thanked President Peres and said that he hoped that in the
coming days a ceasefire will be achieved which will stop the rocket fire
from Gaza to the citizens of Israel and will help the people of Gaza who are
also suffering. Blair added that Egypt, Qatar, America and the UN were all
working for a ceasefire and said that he hoped that there could be
constructive steps towards peace in the region. Blair added that another
crisis, on top of the Iranian issue and the Syrian crisis, should be
avoided.

This week President Peres will also hold meetings with UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon and German Foreign Minister Guide Westerwelle, who are visiting
the region.

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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