In a special message to the participants, the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, called on Israelis to make peace with the Palestinians, a step "that will be a death blow to all fundamentalist movements and will send from the Holy Land a universal message that religion should not be abused for political gain."
This from the person who had another opinion two days earlier:
Israel's closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a "declaration of war," President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday.
"This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina quoted him as saying.
But the oddest bit was spoken by Peres.
“The State of Israel would be giving up on its future if it pursues the status quo
and remains without peace,”
And here I thought that the status quo must be preserved --- on the Temple Mount, only, I guess.
And you wonder why politics are so difficult here.