the two leaders discussed ways to revive peace negotiations in the region and means to overcome obstacles facing the peace process. King Abdullah and President Peres stressed that the two-state solution is the only viable solution to end the conflict, achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israelis and enhance security and stability in the region. King Abdullah also highlighted the importance of the Arab peace initiative to realize a just and comprehensive peace in the region.
President Peres stressed that it is time to promote peace and help build a better future for coming generations and thanked King Abdullah for his efforts to promote peace. The two leaders hailed the US administration's efforts, led by US Secretary of State John Kerry, to revive the peace process.
That came from Yair Zivan – International Media Coordinator, Office of the President of Israel.
Some of his words:
President Abbas, you are our partner and we are yours. You share our hopes and efforts for peace, and we share yours. We can and should make the breakthrough. We should not permit the hurdles to overcome us. History will judge us not by the process of negotiations but by its outcome. The today obstacles will pale in the light of peace. The "Arab Peace Initiative" is a meaningful change and a strategic opportunity. It replaces the strategies of war with the wisdom of peace. We must depart from the skepticism that claims that war is inevitable. War is not inevitable. Peace is inevitable.
Okay, so that last sentence is lifted from Menachem Begin's greeting to Sadat in the Knesset on November 20, 1977, - "We have learned from history, Mr. President, that war is avoidable. It is peace that is inevitable" - but otherwise those words are a mixture of platitudes and irrational wishful-thinking.
Oh, Abbas' version.
Thanks to IMRA:
...as can be seen by Section 11 of Basic Law: The President of the State
(see below)...[the President] has no actual role representing the Government of Israel. His role with regard to conventions with foreign states is limited to ceremoniously signing the conventions after they have been ratified by the Knesset.
Basic Law: The President of the State_________________________
Functions and powers
(a) The President of the State -
(1) shall sign every Law, other than a Law relating to its powers;
(2) shall take action to achieve the formation of a Government and shall receive the resignation of the Government in accordance with Law;
(3) shall receive from the Government a report on its meetings;
(4) shall accredit the diplomatic representatives of the State, shall
receive the credentials of diplomatic representatives sent to Israel by foreign states, shall empower the consular representatives of the State and shall confirm the appointments of consular representatives sent to Israel by foreign states;
(5) shall sign such conventions with foreign states as have been ratified by the Knesset;
(6) shall carry out every function assigned to him by Law in connection with the appointment and removal from office of judges and other office-holder's.
(b) The President of the State shall have power to pardon offenders and to lighten penalties by the reduction or commutation thereof.
(c) The President of the State shall carry out every other function and have every other power assigned to him by Law.
Departure for abroad
18. The President of the State shall not leave the territory of the State save with the sanction of the Government.
Withdrawal from land leads to deaths, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday, responding to President Shimon Peres' speech calling for a two-state solution.
"I value our president, but the concept of withdrawals failed and brought thousands of victims," Bennett said at a Bayit Yehudi faction meeting. Bennett called for the government to declare "this is our land, and it is not for sale." The government's job is to provide security for its citizens, Bennett added, and the government is failing to do so in Judea and Samaria, where mothers and children in cars are pelted with rocks.