Peres made the remarks following different statements made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier Sunday, who claimed the deal was "a historic mistake, and the world has become a more dangerous place."
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According to Peres, who addressed foreign media outlets, "we too prefer a diplomatic solution over any other solution. Yet I would like to remind the words of (US) President Obama – a diplomatic solution is preferable, however if it does not succeed, the alternatives will be much more serious and grave."
The president turned to the Iranian people: "We are not your enemy and you don't have to be ours. We have never threatened you – why do you threaten us? There is no need for that. You too should choose true peace, turn Iran into a country that does not engage in terror, does not attempt to create a nuclear threat, does not speak foully and threatens other people; you see, no one is threatening you, and you won't be threatened if you don't threaten."
'West surrendered to charm offensive'
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon continued Netanyahu's belligerent comments in regards to the new nuclear deal, and during a visit to Canada he said: "The agreement is not an achievement for the West but surrender to the charm offensive and Iranian deceit, aimed at gaining more time."
"The deal is a historic mistake that allows Iran to join the international family even though it is the most active and prosperous terror factory in the world," Ya'alon added.
Ya'alon criticized the Western world, lead by the US, and its policy on the subject: "Until only a few hours ago, the Iranian regime was faced with heavy economic pressure that threatened its existence and may have led it to choose its survival over its continued (nuclear) program, but now, due to the West's short-ranged considerations and lack of determination, the Iranians received legitimacy to continue on with their military nuclear program and worldwide terrorist activities, while removing international isolation and strengthening their economy."
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