“Iran is an evil, cruel, morally corrupt regime. It is based on destruction. It is an affront to human dignity,” Mr. Peres said, speaking before the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
“He made it clear that containment is not a viable policy, and as the president stated, all options are on the table.”
Mr. Peres‘ comments came as President Obama prepared to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday at the White House — amid heightening speculation that Israel will carry out airstrikes against Iranian nuclear facilities this year.
Israeli media reports suggested that Mr. Peres would tell Mr. Obama in their own meeting Sunday that he opposed an Israeli military strike at the moment. But on Sunday at AIPAC, Mr. Peres said Israel was prepared to use force if necessary.
“Israel experienced the horror of war. It does not seek it,” he said. “Peace is always our first option, but if we are forced to fight, trust me: we shall prevail.”
“Mr. President, I know your commitment to Israel is deep and profound,” he added. “Under your leadership, security cooperation between the USA and Israel has reached its highest level. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a friend in the White House.”
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Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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