Shimon Peres may remain hopeful, but he also clearly sees that the course Israel is upon risks great and utterly unnecessary harm. His statements over the last 4 years show he hopes that Israel will see it's first day of peace while he still lives; yet fears that he will never live long enough to see Israel have a day of peace. Given that the current government, and a majority of Israelis see peace as the worst possible evil in the world, it is unlikely that Mr. Peres will live to see what he hopes for.
First refugees travelling on Hungarian bus arrive at Austrian border (Reuters)
from the article: Still hoping for the best