President Shimon Peres commented on the expected renewal of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and said that there were a few "technical" issues to overcome, but that an initial meeting between the two sides would take place soon.
Peres spoke during a dinner marking the end of the Ramadan fast and praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who he called the "father of the modern Palestinian state." He added that "there is no alternative for the Arab or Jewish people. Without peace there can be no existence." (Noam Dvir)