Peres blasted over left-wing event

Shimon Peres drew right-wing fire for planning to attend an event organized by the Geneva Initiative, an independent Israeli-Palestinian peace movement.

The Yesha settler council on Friday urged the Israeli president to scrap his planned participation next week in a symposium sponsored by the Geneva Initiative, which drafted an “alternative” peace plan at the height of Palestinian violence in 2003.

“President Peres has put the presidential institution to the service of the far-left,” Yesha chairman Danny Dayan told Israel Radio.

Peres’s office had no immediate comment.

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