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In a video aired during a special press conference held at his official Jerusalem residence, which was attended by more than 40 news crews from all over the Arab world, Peres said, "I use this platform as president of Israel to send Ramadan greetings to the millions of Muslims in Israel and throughout the world. As in years past, millions of Muslims around the world, in the Middle East, and in Israel are preparing to start the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer, and spirituality.
"The month is dedicated to introspection, spiritual practices, quality time with friends and family, and time to consider the present and future - as individuals and collectively. This year there is an additional significance to the soul searching of Ramadan - the Arab world around us is changing. Young people are demanding their freedom, social welfare, and prosperity. The younger generation wants change. I wish the younger generation in Arab countries success in creating a better society, more open, and more prosperous. Ramadan Kareem (generous Ramadan)," the president said.
During the event, Peres briefed the Arab journalists on the various changes in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. He also discussed the Iranian nuclear crisis, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the violence in Syria.
Addressing Arab-Israeli claims of inequality, the president said Israel must invest more in the Arab sector and increase the employment rate within the Israeli-Arab community.
As for the escalation of violence in Syria, Peres said "as a human being I cannot understand the massacre and murder of innocents. When Assad's regime falls and Syria will be free and peaceful – of course we will seek good relations with it."
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