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On Iran, Peres says Israel shouldn’t ‘start by shooting’

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 9, 2012 | 3:45 pm

If you’re in Los Angeles, you probably heard that Israeli President Shimon Peres is in town. He’s been making his way across the United States, and finishing his visit out here. Last night at the Beverly Hilton (duh?), Peres advocated for patience on the Iran issue.

Jonah Lowenfeld reports:

“I don’t think anyone would suggest you start by shooting,” Peres told the over 1,000 Jews who gathered at the Beverly Hilton to welcome him on the first day of his four-day trip to Los Angeles.

Peres served three times as Israel’s Prime Minister before taking on the largely ceremonial post of president in 2007, and today he is both elder statesman and head of state. But if media coverage before and after his private meeting with President Obama on March 4 focused on how his message to the American leader might differ from what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be saying, Peres batted away any talk of a gap between the U.S. and Israel when it came to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“While everybody is looking for differences, the basis is common and agreed,” Peres said, noting that there was support around the world for the current regime of sanctions against Iran, and said they should be given time to work.

“If we have to choose, let’s start with the nonviolent, [with] no war beginning, but saying very clearly that all other options are on the table,” Peres said, sounding—at least in those general terms—very much like both Netanyahu and Obama.

Read the rest here.

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