Peres: Israel can share experience with countries
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Monday that his country has pioneered scientific and agricultural advances that have enriched Israel and fed its citizens and can be shared with other countries fighting poverty and health problems, dpa reported.
Peres said that an Israeli farmer in the 1960s could feed 15,000 people and now can feed 150,000 people. He said the Jewish state has been attacked seven times but has never given up hope on developing scientific research.
"We found that the future is finally in our hands," Peres told the UN General Assembly's special session on the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets to solve social ills with concrete results promised for 2015.
"Our experience is replicable. We are ready to share that experience with others."
Peres said that the future of the Middle East depends on the kind of advances achieved by Israel, including peace with its neighbours, improving national health, education and prosperity.
"Israel is committed to the MDGs," he said. "We share the burden of saving the world of poverty and hunger."