Israeli President Shimon Peres said that the United States and the West should not close it’s eyes to the sectarian violence in Iraq, after visiting with President Barack Obama Wednesday.

Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks to the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, following his meeting with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

“All of us, we cannot remain neutral in the face of the bloodshed that is taking place,” Peres said shortly after the meeting, according to EWTN.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a Sunni group, has conquered large swaths of Iraq, as the Shiite majority government has had difficulty fending off the terrorist group.

However, he asserted that the West cannot make every decision for governments in the Arab world.

‪“I don’t think it’s for the West to decide who is the real heir of Mohammed, the Shiite position or the Sunni position,” Peres told reporters outside the White House.

Obama and Peres attended a meeting with American Jewish community leaders Wednesday morning at the White House. They later had a working lunch along with Vice President Joe Biden.

Peres did not demonstrate a lot of hope for the war torn Iraq.

“The best thing that could happen is that Iraq would remain a united country but I wonder if it’s possible,” he said.

Though he spoke to reporters, he did not take any questions.

Peres is the ninth president of Israel, a largely ceremonial role in government. But Peres served twice as the prime minister, the head of the government.