Gingrich was critical of the Clinton administration, which was perceived as supporting defeated Labour Party leader Shimon Peres, for what he described as its tendency to build foreign policy around personalities. Israel's desire for security was very real, Gingrich told the Voice of America, and he believed Netanyahu would balance the imperatives ofsecurity with the desire for peace. "Peace has to come with a security component that is real," said Gingrich. "I think Netanyahu will do everything he can to make sure that progress continues. "But he will also insist that it be real progress, and not just documents signed by diplomats with nice press conferences, while people die in the streets."
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