At the same time, Peres praised Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi for the constructive role he has played in the intensifying crisis.
“The unpleasant one is the Iranians. They are trying again to encourage the Hamas to continue the shooting, the bombing, they trying to send them arms,” Peres said in interview on CNN.
“They are out of their mind,” he said.
Peres said Israel had no choice but to wage its offensive against Hamas in Gaza despite the rising civilian casualties, citing what he said were 1,200 missiles fired from the territory in the past six days.
“In one minute, if they stop shooting, there won’t be any casualties,” he said.
In singling out Iran, Peres said, “We are not going to make a war with Iran. But we are trying to prevent the shipping of long range missiles which Iran is sending to Hamas.”