From an interview conducted by Richard Quest with Shimon Peres at Davos:
Despite the tensions between Israel and Iran, Peres said he was still open to meeting with Rouhani should the opportunity arise.
"The Iranians are not our enemies historically. We don't have a joint border -- I don't see any reason why we should have a conflict," he said.
Shimon Peres, who has been at the heart of Israeli political life for more than a half-century, can't "see any reason" why Iran, or Pakistan, or Libya, orany Muslim country with which Israel does not share a border, should "have a conflict" with the Jewish State. Perhaps he has allowed himself to be confused by the observable lack of antipathy toward Israel, in a handful of Muslim countries when they were firmly in the control of deliberately secular regimes, regimes that chose, in their promotion of secularism, to distance their peoples from the Arabs -- the regiimes, that is, of the Shah in Iran before Khomeini arrived to see Islamic justice done, and that of the Kemalist Turks, especially in the Turkish army. But when Islam comes back -- with Khomeini and his epigones, or with Erdogan and his -- the old hatred of Israel naturally reappears..
Can anyone in the Israeli government at this point take Shimon Peres aside, and enlighten him?
Richard L Rubenstein
This is incredible. One of the most durable and influential men in Israeli politics can't get it through his head that the Arabs and other Muslims, such as the current government of Iran, are convinced that they have an unconditional religious imperative to destroy Israel. People like Peres don't understand that it is impossible to make peace with people who really seek the destruction of Israel. They are flying blind!
He cannot, WILL NOT, be enlightened. He has spent his whole life taking a logical and rational approach to international affairs (see one Martin Indyk) . And while this approach can be effective in many arenas, it is useless for understanding Islamic ideology and what motivates those under it's sway. My wise great uncle use to tell me never to try to utilize logic and reason to comprehend that which is inherently illogical and unreasonable. It is an exercise in futlity , and can only lead to further confusion and wrong-headed remedies.
The Muslims can only understand, and respect ,power and force, and the more power and force applied , the better the deterrence value achieved. And if this is too primitive an equation for the likesof Shimon Peres to accept, then more fool him and his peace-processing followers. Some of us still believe we have a right to self-defense.