L’attacco è stato frontale: Meron Benvenisti, uno degli intellettuali più coraggiosi d’Israele, contro il presidente, Shimon Peres e la sua Peres Peace House, inaugurata a fine ottobre con uno sforzo mediatico importante. Sulle colonne di Haaretz, Benvenisti non ha risparmiato nulla a Peres, dal costo della Peres Peace House (15 milioni di dollari) alla considerazione che gli accordi di Oslo abbiano consolidato quello che lui chiama un binational regime (called the “occupation”).
Attacco duro anche contro l’industria della pace: “only a meager vestige of the peace camp remains, the peace industry functions by the power of inertia and those involved in it must invent excuses for their activity, and that suggests they are turning peace into a tool for achieving their own personal ends”.
E infine attacco duro contro le stesse attività del Centro:
“In the activity of the Peres Center for Peace there is no evident effort being made to change the political and socioeconomic status quo in the occupied territories, but just the opposite: Efforts are being made to train the Palestinian population to accept its inferiority and prepare it to survive under the arbitrary constraints imposed by Israel, to guarantee the ethnic superiority of the Jews. With patronizing colonialism, the center presents an olive grower who is discovering the advantages of cooperative marketing; a pediatrician who is receiving professional training in Israeli hospitals; and a Palestinian importer who is learning the secrets of transporting merchandise via Israeli ports, which are famous for their efficiency; and of course soccer competitions and joint orchestras of Israelis and Palestinians, which paint a false picture of coexistence”.