Shimon Peres, the Israeli deputy prime minister,
talks to Al Jazeera's David Foster
In this episode of Talk to Jazeera, Al Jazeera's David Foster talks to Shimon Peres, the 83-year-old deputy prime minister of Israel who many tip to be his country's next president.

Before the interview Peres had met the Emir of Qatar who asked him to open a dialogue with Hamas.

"I'm not interested," Peres responded.

"There won't be any talks with Hamas unless it recognises my country."

David Foster covers this and other ground in an interview in which Peres' personal ambition, hopes for peace and what he thought of the Iran's president saying that Israel should be wiped off the map are discussed.

Peres also admits that using cluster munition during the war with Lebanon was wrong.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner tells Al Jazeera that he believes peace between Israel and the Palestinians can be achieved in his lifetime and that the two countries can live side-by-side without violence.

He says: "Look forward, because the future offers hope."

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This episode of Talk to Jazeera aired from 4 February 2007

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