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November 19th, 2012
03:36 PM ET

Shimon Peres to Palestinians: "Do two things: stop shooting, start talking ... it’s in their hands"

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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  1. Free media today

    It's sad that our media is not free or honest. Thank heaven for Demorcary Now and Amy Goodmen and her team that does a wonderful job reporting.

    Live Report from Gaza Hospital: As Civilian Toll Mounts, Israel Again Bombs Palestinian Journalists

    November 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joshua

    Based on excerpts I've seen, Piers does not understand some basic predicates. Unlike Jordan, Egypt, even the Palestine Authority, Hamas does not accept Israel's right to exist, even within Pre1967 borders, and does not want to engage in a peace process that validates Israel. That's why it has missiles, not for defense, but for offense. Moreover, Gaza is a front line for Iran's missile program. Israel has every reason to eliminate this front, unless Gaza declares its willingness to negotiate a real peace.

    November 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dasi Wasi

      What don't you get Joshua? Why were the Jewish people expelled in so many countries over the years ? We are all God's children but it does not gives us the right to keep occupying other peoples land does it? and then calling there rebelling Aggression or act of terrorism. Who has been terrorizing who lets get this fact right. The media spin is because they own the media. Who heads CNN and other media kindly google. Why did the Europeans or the Americans not give a part of there land to the Jewish people after world war two ? After all Hitler was a GERMAN not an ARAB remember?
      Please talk to Norman Finkelstine, Norman Chomsky, Amy Goodmen all Jewish people who know more about this occupation than you or the American public. The people of Gaza are victims. They don't want to be Occupied which part of it you don't get ? Lets see if good and kind people of Miami Florida or Golders Green London, England want to be occupied? Stop getting Iran into this. The Arabs and Iranian are not the same people. Why not go after Saudi Arabia they are supplying money to the Talabans. Go ask the Saudi Kingdom for land to occupy.

      November 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kia

    The main stream media is blatantly biased and hell bent on misleading information.

    Americans need to wake up and smell the real air, around them.

    November 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Check this out

    Who is killing who ?

    November 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ken

    This is ludicrous. Why do the majority population of Gaza Strip put up with these minority radical groups staging attacks from this area? They can plainly see that defensive retaliation from Israel will bring great sorrow to them. Why don't they rise up and drive the minority radicals out of their territory so they can live in some degree of peace? How can they allow this to happen to their women and children?

    November 20, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. worldcares

    Every human on this earth is equal.

    November 20, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RobertOeser

    Did this assassination of a Hamas leader start the latest spiral of violence? Was Ahmed Jabari in fact attempting to conduct peace talks at that time?

    Wednesday November 14

    Reports emerged that Israel has targeted Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas's military wing; Israel confirmed the assassination, citing his "decade-long terrorist activity," and said that killing was the part of an operation in which the military struck 20 different targets across Gaza. HaAretz [Note: Later reports indicate that Jabari was considering a permanent truce agreement at the time of his assassination]

    November 20, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Robert

    The Israelis try to avoid inflicting harm to any Palestinians who are noncombatants. Just today, they called off an airstrike out of fear of causing casualties among Palestinian civilians. On the other hand, the Palestinian terrorist groups go out of their way to murder Israelii civilians, especially Israeli children. An Israeli elementary school was severely damaged by Palestinian rockets, yesterday. Before the current fighting erupted, Palestinians had indiscriminately fired more than 12,000 rockets and missiles at Israeli towns and cities. Israel has every rigjht to defend itself.

    November 20, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mopo

    One side celebrates the death of their people and encourages the murder of the other side. Not to mention murders and drags "suspected spies" through the streets.
    The other side celebrates life and must go to extraordinary lengths to protect it. They also are the only country in the region to protect gay rights.
    I have no trouble choosing which side I would like to see survive. (its the second one)

    November 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JC

    Piers Morgan is a one sided commentator, siding with the Hamas and its Terrorists and is only outlining the casualties on the Gaza side. He has been extremely rude in the past with Bibi, and was barely respectful with President Perez. He is not neutral at all. He does not come even close to his predecessor- Larry King

    November 21, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse | Reply

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