Israeli leaders hail Obama Nobel win

08:48, October 10, 2009      

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Israeli leaders congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing the hope that his presidency would lead to a new era of peace.

"Congratulations on winning the Nobel Prize for Peace," Netanyahu was quoted by local daily Ha'aretz as saying in a message to Obama, who was awarded the prize earlier in the day forgiving the world "hope for a better future" and for striving for nuclear disarmament.

"You have already inspired so many people around the world, and I know that this award also expresses the hope that your Presidency will usher in a new era of peace and reconciliation," said Netanyahu.

The Israeli premier said "I look forward to working closely with you in the years ahead to advance peace and to give hope to the peoples of our region who deserve to live in peace, security and dignity."

Israeli President Shimon Peres, himself a peace prize laureate, paid tribute to Obama, saying that his leadership had meant "peace became a real and original agenda."

In a letter to Obama, Peres, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, wrote that "Very few leaders if at all were able to change the mood of the entire world in such a short while with such profound impact."

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed support for the Nobel committee's decision to award the prize to Obama, and praised the U.S. president's efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

Source: Xinhua
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