"I wish it would help us get rid of poverty," the president said in his comments about the natural gas reservoirs.
Accompanied by the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the president launched his traditional visit which takes place during every Sukkot and Passover holiday at the Jerusalem home of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Shas party leaders and Knesset Members Eli Yishai and Aryeh Deri were also present at the meeting.
Peres agreed and added: "Torah must be maintained, so that it will watch over us."
Visiting the Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Peres expressed support for a proposal known as "Amar's law," which enables a chief rabbi to run for a second term in office.