Peres certainly has the experience, wisdom and insight to assess political situations, historical opportunities and the sincerity, credibility and competence of his negotiating partners, be they friend or foe. And so he is obviously correct in his observation that Abbas has always been a willing and serious partner for peace - unfortunately no one can operate in a vacuum - it takes two to tango. As for Peres' reflection that "There is no prime minister who isn't eventually influenced by reality", he forgot to consider that there are those who refuse to allow reality to enter the realm of their thinking and chose to live in denial of it instead.
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
from the article: Peres to Haaretz: Israel could reach a peace deal with Abbas