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  • Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

    July 24, 2014 | 11:22 am

    Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in.

    The inauguration ceremony at Israel’s Knesset Thursday evening was low-key owing to Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza. Knesset...

  • Katsav requests presidential pardon on rape conviction

    October 15, 2012 | 8:15 am

    Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav requested a presidential pardon to appeal his rape conviction.

    Katsav’s wife, Gila, filed the request with the Justice Ministry on Oct. 15. It will be forwarded to President Shimon Peres.

    Katsav, 65, is serving a seven-year jail sentence...

  • Peres cancels Olympics participation to avoid desecrating Shabbat

    July 10, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres canceled his participation in the 2012 Olympic Games in London after failing to find a way to attend the opening ceremony without desecrating the Jewish Sabbath.

    The opening ceremony begins on a Friday, July 27, before Shabbat starts, but will end well...

  • Shimon Peres well after minor surgery

    May 11, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres successfully underwent a hernia operation in Tel Aviv on Friday, his office said in a statement.

    Peres, 88, was treated at short notice after returning from a trip to Canada and his personal physician said the surgery had been “completely successful”....

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  • Israel’s President meets Hollywood’s A-list

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 12, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    Just before 11a.m. on the morning of March 9, a Friday, a small group of journalists made their way through the DreamWorks Animation studio in Glendale, moving from a small boardroom stocked with cold refreshments and and a screen playing “Kung Fu Panda,” to an outdoor courtyard...

  • Katsav rape conviction hailed as watershed moment

    January 3, 2011 | 9:41 am

    For years it was considered an open secret in Israeli political and media circles that Moshe Katsav had a habit of sexually harassing women who worked for him.

    In a nation at arms with a decidedly machismo bent, sexual encounters between powerful male politicians and military...

  • Letter from Paris: Israel and France are back to normal

    By Shirli Sitbon

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres has seen it all.

    Almost any man would have been confused by the series of unbelievable mishaps that erupted out of nowhere during his visit in France, from anti-Israeli rallies and boycotts to a sabotage of his speech by right-wing Jews, to the...

  • Iranian Jews stand by their man Katsav in rape and sexual harassment case

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Despite a flurry of criticism directed at Israeli President Moshe Katsav over rape and sexual harassment allegations, support for Israel's embattled president remains strong among Southern California's Iranian Jews.

    "Many in the community here know President Katsav on a personal...

  • Text of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s speech at the 2006 UJC General Assembly

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity; it is such a pleasure to be here with you all.

    Thank you Bobby for your kind words. I have followed your career throughout the years, including during this last period at UJC. I have always been impressed by your thoughtfulness, and the practical...

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