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Elie Wiesel’s Hope for Mideast Peace

September 12, 2010 - 10:55 AM | by: Reena Ninan

Over a kosher lunch at the White House in May, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel discussed with President Barack Obama the importance of re-starting peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Fast forward four months later, and both sides have begun direct talks.

Wiesel was in Jerusalem recently receiving the “Guardian of Jerusalem” award from the World Jewish Congress.  He sat down with me for an interview.

While many believe this latest round of talks will go nowhere, Wiesel has a different view.

“I have that feeling that this time something will happen,” says Wiesel.  “The issue of Jerusalem has to be the last item on the agenda.”

Wiesel also expressed his opinion about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “He should be arrested and indicted for crimes against humanity,” said Wiesel.   “He is a moral disaster and a political scandal.”

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