Shimon Peres
Israeli President Shimon Peres after a meeting on Capitol Hill April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. – AFP Photo

WASHINGTON: Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday urged support for “the awakening of the Arab world,” saying the spread of democracy in the region could dramatically improve the staunch US ally's circumstances.

“We believe that the awakening of the Arab world is a great opportunity and that all of us should do whatever we can” to help those seeking “freedom and dignity in their lives,” Peres said after meetings with leaders of the US House of Representatives.

“The moment that the Arab world will become free and open and peaceful it will be a major change in the world experience and in the annals of the Middle East,” he said during a public appearance with Republican House Speaker John Boehner and others.

Peres thanked Washington for its “unbelievable support morally, politically and otherwise” as Israel struggled “alone as a democratic country in the Middle East, facing dangers and menaces” and fighting wars against its neighbors.

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor also attended the closed-door talks with Peres, who met later with key US senators.

Opinion

Editorial

Dark days
Updated 26 May, 2022

Dark days

The PTI, on its part, does not seem to have been prepared to face such a large deployment of state machinery.
26 May, 2022

No room for dissent

WHILE political turmoil roils the land, a number of incidents over the past few days have demonstrated that though...
26 May, 2022

Harassing passengers

REPORTS of the confiscation of personal items from passengers’ private luggage by customs officials at Karachi’s...
Back to bedlam
Updated 25 May, 2022

Back to bedlam

FEAR tactics have never worked in the past, and most likely will not this time either. The government’s ...
25 May, 2022

Balochistan blaze

THE forest fire on the Koh-i-Sulaiman range in Balochistan’s Shirani area is among a series of blazes to have...
25 May, 2022

Unequal citizens

INDIFFERENCE would have been bad enough, but the state’s attitude towards non-Muslims falls squarely in the...