On the backdrop of continued violence in the Middle East, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Israeli president Shimon Peres to offer his position on the increased violence.
Referencing those on the receiving end of repeated Israeli airstrikes, Piers Morgan asks his guest to offer some guidance:
"If there are Palestinians watching this interview who feel helpless, who feel completely poverty stricken, they have nothing, they see no hope, and they now see endless Israeli rockets flying over their heads perhaps killing relatives and loved ones, what do you say to them to offer proper constructive hope?" the host asked Peres.
Favoring a stance that places blame on the militant group Hamas, Peres insists they have the power to bring the conflict to a close:
"Do two things: stop shooting, start talking. It’s in their hands," he says from his home in Jerusalem. "It is their choice, really. Today too, I don’t feel any hatred. I’m disappointed with their approach, or their approach of part of it. Let me say a word about Gaza, I think one of the difficulty for the Hamas people to make a decision is that they are divided within. There are four or five groups that cannot reach an agreement. Some of them are more extreme, some of them are more moderate, and the Egyptians are trying, really, to unite them toward one position ... The only thing we want to win is peace for us and peace for them. And I believe it’s possible."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 as Peres responds to those that criticize Israel for their role in the rising death toll.
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