New Israeli President Shimon Peres spoke with the Associated Press on Sunday, and was quoted as saying “we have to get rid of the territories… I shall respect the minority, I shall not insult them… I changed my position. I didn’t change my beliefs.” The political right is enraged over president’s comments on ‘getting rid of territories.
This is what we were afraid of – that Peres would continue to push his political agenda as president. It is regrettable that on his very first day he chose to voice opinions that drive a wedge though the people instead of uniting them,” said MK Yitzhak Levy (National Union) Sunday, in response to the new president’s inauguration speech.
MK Yisrael Katz (Likud) expressed his regrets over Peres’ “lack of restraint on this day of all days… I hope that as president, Peres would stay out of the political debate, which is the Knesset and the government’s business.”
“The cat is finally out the bag,” said MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud). “Those who voted for Peres will soon find that his term as president may cause the presidential institution to sink to new lows of political scuffle.”
“This is a critical time for this institution, a time in which there is very little faith in it. We should have chosen someone worthy to lead it – what a shame Peres isn’t that someone.”