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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:14 PM

Israel's Peres welcomes 'courageous' words from Abbas

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres hailed President Mahmoud Abbas as a courageous partner for peace on Saturday after the Palestinian leader made clear his support for a two-state solution to the decades old conflict with Israel.

"(Abbas's) courageous words prove that Israel has a real partner for peace," Peres said in a statement. "These are significant words ... We must all treat them with the utmost respect."

Peres, a Nobel peace prize laureate, holds a post that is largely ceremonial and he has little influence on the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government.

Abbas' comments during a recent interview with Israeli TV caused controversy after some Palestinian political factions accused the president of giving up the right of return for Palestinian refugees.


Proud to have Peres on my side of the fence

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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:41 AM

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