Peres' delusionUntil astronaut jokes got a bad name in this country, Shimon Peres was often referred to as Israel's first astronaut, because his feet were never on the ground (i.e. he was not grounded in reality - it loses something in translation). At Monday afternoon's Knesset opening session, Peres showed why.
"In my opinion, if we move forwards with peace and make peace with the Palestinians, and if we start negotiations with Syria and Lebanon, we will remove the main pretext for the Iranian madness - against us and against the other residents of this region."Peres pretends that if only we would leave Hebron and Shchem (Nablus) and Bethlehem, Iran wouldn't mind if we kept the western half of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and Haifa. That notion is simply absurd. Here's what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had to say about this very question approximately a year ago.
I've heard that one of them [PM Olmert] recently said that the idea of Greater Israel is dead. I would like to declare that the idea of "smaller Israel" is also dead. The very notion of Israel is dead, but they are lagging behind the times. Just like the idea of Greater Israel died 30 years ago, and they did not realize this, and have continued to perpetrate crimes for 30 years... Today, I say to them: The idea of smaller Israel is dead.Let's go to the videotape.
Let me give them a piece of advice: You would be better off if you stop your oppression and express remorse. If you want to do something good in your lives, leave the land of Palestine, free it from your oppression and occupation. Carry on with your lives. You captivated [Jewish] people with your trickery and lies, and you brought them over there with false promises. You sent them to settlements in order to serve as your human shields, and you continue to perpetrate your crimes. Let me give you some advice: Enough. For 60 years, you have been doing ugly things and committing crimes – leave, and show remorse.
Peres is simply delusional. For more on Peres' speech and why it's so harmful, go here.