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  • Family of slain Palestinian refuses to receive Peres

    2 weeks ago

    The family of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the teen killed in an alleged revenge attack, rejected a condolence visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Peres’ security detail was turned away Monday when it came to prepare for the visit.

    Other visits reportedly have been canceled by...

  • Eulogy by Israeli President Peres at the funeral for Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar

    3 weeks ago

    The President of the State of Israel delivered the eulogy at the funeral service for Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar who were kidnapped and murdered by terrorists. The three boys have been laid to rest this evening in Modi'in. Please find below the text of President...

  • Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza

    3 weeks ago

    Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

    President Shimon Peres, a usually dovish elder statesman, echoed...

  • Peres praises Abbas as ‘peace partner’ at Capitol medal ceremony

    June 26, 2014 | 10:18 am

    Accepting the Congressional Gold Medal, Israeli President Shimon Peres lauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and called for renewing talks with the Palestinians.

    “President Abbas is clearly a partner for peace,” Peres said Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, where the...

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  • Israeli president-elect Rivlin contrasts sharply with outgoing Peres

    June 17, 2014 | 10:37 am

    As a well-respected parliamentarian who has served as the government’s Minister of Communications and the speaker of the Knesset, Israeli president-elect MK Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin has the expected profile for his position. But when he takes the reins in July, Rivlin’s strong...

  • Obama congratulates Israel’s President-elect Reuven Rivlin

    June 11, 2014 | 10:44 am

    President Obama congratulated Reuven Rivlin on his election as president of Israel.

    “Over more than six decades, the United States and Israel have developed a unique relationship based on shared democratic values, our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our...

  • Likud’s Reuven Rivlin is elected president of Israel

    June 10, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

    Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker...

  • Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

    June 8, 2014 | 8:02 pm

    Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

    The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli...

  • Pope to host Peres and Abbas in peace prayer at Vatican

    May 29, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace at the Vatican.

    The prayer will take place on June 8, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.

    The...

  • Maccabi Tev Aviv upsets its way to Euroleague basketball crown

    May 19, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Maccabi Tel Aviv upset favored Real Madrid to win the Euroleague basketball championship.

    Maccabi defeated the Spanish squad, 98-86, in overtime on Sunday night in Milan in the title game. Tyrese Rice led the Israeli club with 26 points, including 14 in overtime. The game was...

  • Race to succeed Peres as Israel’s president begins

    May 19, 2014 | 10:03 am

    The race to succeed Shimon Peres as Israel's president began officially on Monday, after what was widely seen as a bid by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abolish the post and its king-making potential.

    Legislators will elect a new president on June 10, Speaker of Parliament...

  • Peres sends condolences to Turkey for mine tragedy

    May 14, 2014 | 10:13 am

    Israel’s embassy in Turkey canceled a celebration of Israel’s Independence Day following the deadly mine collapse in Turkey.

    Israeli President Shimon Peres also sent a letter of condolence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the mine collapse Wednesday in Manisa...

  • Peres: Netanyahu blocked Palestinian-Israeli framework agreement in 2011

    May 6, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011 refrained from reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority on a framework for peace talks.

    “We in fact reached an understanding on nearly all the points,” Peres said of himself and Palestinian...

  • L.A. Lone Soldiers honored by IDF

    By Simone Wilson

    May 6, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    “I look upon your glowing faces and your shining eyes, and I'm as excited as you are,” Israeli President Shimon Peres told 120 members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on May 6, as they stood at attention on his back lawn.

    “I'm excited and I'm proud of you,” the president said...

  • Peres strikes conciliatory tone in Iranian New Year message

    March 20, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres wished Jews and Iranians a “year of silence and peace” on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.

    Peres in a video message posted by his office on Thursday struck a more conciliatory tone than in past greetings for the ancient holiday, when he...

  • Peres rues Israeli army’s killing of Jordanian judge

    March 17, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres in a conversation with King Abdullah II of Jordan expressed Israel’s regret over the shooting of a Jordanian judge.

    Peres, speaking by phone to Abdullah on Monday, offered his “deepest condolences” to the Jordanian people in the death of Raed Zeiter...

  • Peres and Netanyahu, Israeli diplomacy’s good cop and bad cop

    March 17, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres doubled up on positive statements about Arab leaders this afternoon, praising Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at noon and lauding Jordanian King Abdullah II at 3:30 p.m.

    Today’s fare is nothing new  for Peres, who entered the largely...

  • Winter Olympics, Bar Refaeli’s guilty pleasure, A Guiness record and more - This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 10, 2014 | 8:13 am

    President Peres enters Guiness Book of World Records

    After making history in so many ways, Israeli President Shimon Peres will now take his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the lecturer with the biggest civics class in history. On Thursday, Peres, via video, gave a...

  • Russell Simmons mixes up Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres in condolence

    January 13, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons was one of the many to publicly mourn former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who passed away on Saturday. He was probably one of the few, though, to mourn the wrong man.

    “R.I.P. my friend Ariel Sharon great pleasure working with you.....

  • Biden meets Israeli leaders following Sharon funeral

    January 13, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres following the funeral for Ariel Sharon.

    Biden and Netanyahu held a private dinner Monday evening following a meeting that included U.S. and Israeli officials.

    The leaders...

  • Pollard begins 29th year in prison

    November 21, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Convicted American spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard entered the 29th year of a life sentence.

    Thursday marked the 28th anniversary of Pollard’s arrest outside of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.

    On Wednesday, Pollard’s wife, Esther, called on President Obama to commute...

  • Israel’s Peres warns against feud with U.S. over Iran

    November 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Friday to show respect for the United States, seeking to soothe relations with the country's most powerful ally that have been strained over Iran.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned a proposal, endorsed by Washington, to...

  • At G.A., Peres and Netanyahu strike different tones on Iran

    November 11, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued his hard line against Iran’s nuclear program in an address to the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, repeatedly telling the gathering of American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem that the compromise being formulated...

  • Katsav again appeals rape conviction to Israeli Supreme Court

    October 14, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has appealed again to Israel’s Supreme Court for a retrial on his convictions of rape, sexual assault and harassment.

    His new defense team filed the appeal on Monday, claiming there was a “distortion of judgment” in the original ruling.

    A...

  • Peres to honor Spielberg, Wiesel with medal

    September 12, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres will award his Presidential Medal of Distinction to Steven Spielberg, Elie Wiesel and five other recipients.

    The awards were announced Thursday with a statement from Peres’ office.

    Spielberg is being awarded the medal “for his contribution to...

  • The pioneers: A revealing look at Israel’s early prime ministers

    By Tom Tugend

    September 6, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Moriah Films, the documentary-making arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has bitten off another solid chunk of Israeli history in “The Prime Ministers,” a film based on the lively book of the same title by Yehuda Avner, who doubles as the chief narrator of the two-part production.

    ...
  • Peres’ Rosh Hashanah message: Keep hope alive

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 30, 2013 | 5:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres in his annual Rosh Hashanah message told world Jewry there is “no room to lose hope” in the coming year.

    Rosh Hashanah, he pointed out in the message released Thursday, “carries with it great opportunities and great hope,” and Yom Kippur is “the...

  • Peres: Israel not involved in Beirut car bombing

    August 16, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres denied claims by his Lebanese counterpart that Israel was behind a recent deadly bombing in Beirut.

    At a press conference Friday in Jerusalem, Peres responded to allegations made Thursday by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, who blamed Israel for...

  • Peres swears in Israel’s new chief rabbis

    August 14, 2013 | 9:47 am

    Israel’s newly elected chief rabbis were sworn in by Israeli President Shimon Peres at a ceremony in Jerusalem.

    The ceremony for Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef was held Wednesday at the President’s Residence.

    “We expect and hope that in...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 5, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    The 19th Maccabiah comes to an end with some fine Israeli tunes!

    Last Tuesday, the 19th Maccabiah Games came to an end in a closing show to be remembered.  At Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, thousands of athletes rocked to the tunes of Israeli bands and singers, including Ivri Lider,...

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