Vice Premier Shimon Peres says that Hamas does not want a state, but a religious hegemony in the Middle East that would be under Islamic rule, and therefore an exchange of land for peace is of no interest for them, since he believes that Hamas actually seeks Israel’s destruction above all else. Peres said that “to Hamas the destruction of the State of Israel is more important than the establishing of an independent state.”
Regarding Syria, Peres says that it does not want to negotiate with Israel, but is only interested in using Israel in order to open doors with the US without having to pay the price required: remove the terror headquarters in Damascus, stop supporting Hizballah, and begin direct talks with Israel.
Peres also spoke on Iran saying that because of the weakness of the international community Iran has become the power that it is. He said that if an international coalition would be formed, Tehran’s power would shrink back down in size.
Peres spoke on Saturday at the Saban Forum for Middle East policy that was held in Washington, D.C.