|Palin to Peres: I'm a longtime friend of Israel
Friendly encounter in US between Republican VP nominee, Israeli president
Israel News | September 26, 2008
President Shimon Peres met Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin Thursday and the two exchanged some warm words. Peres was on hand to deliver a speech at an international conference organized by former United States President Bill Clinton.
Upon meeting the Israeli president Palin told him she has wanted to meet him and get to know him for years. She added that the only flag in her office, aside from the American flag, is the Israeli flag, stressing that she wants Israelis to know that she's been a longtime friend of the Jewish state, and will remain such.
Peres also took the opportunity to briefly speak to Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, who referred to the Israeli president as a longtime friend.
Also Thursday, Peres met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and harshly criticized the decision to allow Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver his UN speech. Peres said the address was embarrassing, stressing that people like Ahmadinejad must not be provided an international platform by the UN.
Peres added that Iran's views are perceived as radical even in some Arab states. The UN secretary general listened to Peres' words but did not respond.