President Shimon Peres, who is celebrating his 85th birthday, has a non-militaristic solution to both the Iranian threat and global terror – developing alternate energies.
In a meeting with representatives of the students' village in the town of Dimona on Thursday, Peres said "today we face the problem of terror and Iran. The problem itself is like a swamp with mosquitoes. It's preferable to dry out the swamp than try to kill every single mosquito.
"When the price of oil rises, the terrorist organizations feel better; this feeling needs to be brought back down. The way to bring Iran, Venezuela and even Russia in some respects down is to lower the price of oil. Attacking oil fields is foolish. We can attack with energy, meaning create alternative energy".
The presidential birthday boy talked about his age and praised the people of Dimona, "What is 85 after all? If each one of you will be patient then you too will reach that age," he said.
"I don't know any other town in the world that in such a short time turned the desert wilderness into a beautiful and wonderful town unparalleled in Jewish history. This is one of the most beautiful towns in Israel, a town that is number one in education and urban development - and so I came to celebrate with you".