Don’t Expect A New Middle East War Between The States, Says Israel’s Shimon Peres

(David Cannon / Getty Images / September 23, 2013) By Diane Pucin September 23, 2013, 12:10 p.m. When the Solheim Cup, a team competitionthat pitswomen golfers from the United States against Europe, returns to the United States in 2017, it will be at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, which hosted the 1999 U.S. Senior Open Championship. The U.S. lost the Cup to Europe last month in Colorado. The top-ranked U.S. golfer, Stacy Lewis, said, “Playing in the Solheim Cup is one of the greatest experiences that you can have as a golfer. The atmosphere and excitement thats created by the fans is unlike any other event in golf and I cant wait to see the amazing display put on by the great fans in Des Moines. The 2015 Solheim Cup will take place at Golf Course St. Leon-Rot in Germany. The European Team enters the competition holding the Cup and will need 14 points to retain it, with the U.S. Team needing 14 points to regain the coveted Waterford Crystal prize.

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Its too expensive, he said, referring to the cost not only in dollars but in human lives. President Peres, who turned 90 this year, made his remarks at the 10th annual Yalta European Strategy conference in the Ukraine, known as YES, a political star-studded, two-day event sponsored by Victor Pinchuk, one of the Ukraines wealthiest businessmen and philanthropists. According to Peres, winners in an increasingly globalized world would not be those with the most land but the most creative, the best educated, and technologically productive. The two day meeting of more than 200 officials, former leaders, academics and analysts was held in Yalta this weekend as foreign officials and diplomats headed to New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Diplomats said that Israels prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu intended to warn the U.S. against signing accord with Teheran that would permit Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, or improve its atomic weapons infrastructure, as North Korea did in 2005. Mr. Peres, approaching the end of his eventful life and waxing philosophically about the profound changes he has witnessed, said that wars soaring costs and decreasing payoff made it less attractive to state leaders, and hence less likely. There will not be another war, he said, because what can you win? Why spend hundreds of millions of dollars and cause thousands of deaths? For what? Land, or real estate, as he called it, was becoming less important than science and wisdom in the competition among nations. The cost of such confrontations was escalating exponentially, with a single fighter jet, for instance, costing hundreds of millions of dollars, placing unsustainable burdens on national budgets. I dont foresee a war, he said more than once. Its too expensive. Nor did he see the use of a nuclear or other WMD between states, he added.