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Israeli president Peres delivers historic speech at the European Parliament

By Mason White 5:58 PM March 12, 2013
Peres speaking at the European Parliament 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) The Israeli president gave a historic speech at the European parliament demanding that the Muslim world halt the civil war in Syria, according to press reports in the United States.

Israeli President Shimon Peres delivered the historic speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, calling on the Arab League to intervene in Syria. Peres said: “The Arab League must stop the slaughter in Syria.”

“The Arab League can and should form a provincial government in Syria to stop the killing, to prevent Syria from falling apart. The United Nations should support the Arab League to build a Muslim force with United Nations helmets,” President Peres said during a speech before the European Parliament on Tuesday. His speech was the first by an Israeli head of state to the assembly in more than three decades.

“The free world, cannot stand aside when the massacre is carried out by the Syrian president against his own people and his own children,” Peres continued.

In the two years civil war that has raged in the Syrian communities, an estimated 70,000 have died and at least 2 million displaced from their homes, according to the U.N. About 1 million refugees have fled to neighboring Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.
“It breaks all of our hearts,” Peres said.

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is a threat to the entire region, and even to Europe,” Peres said, pointing out his chemical weapons arsenal.

“Arab League intervention, was the only solution to prevent chemical weapons from falling into the wrong hands,” Peres continued.

Delivering his speech to the 754-member strong parliament, Peres also took the opportunity to urge Europeans to classify the Lebanese group Hezbollah, as a terrorist organization.

The EU is already under pressure from Israel and the United States to place the group on a terrorism blacklist.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view