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  • Clinton meets with Israeli leaders on Iran, Syria, Egypt and peace process

    July 16, 2012 | 10:03 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she and Israeli President Shimon Peres spoke about “Egypt and Syria, peace efforts, Iran and other regional and global issues” during their meeting in Jerusalem.

    Clinton arrived in Israel Monday for a day of meetings with Israeli leaders....

  • Israel’s fast, free and innovative way to save lives

    July 11, 2012 | 5:07 pm

    Minutes after the words “fainting in Mamilla Mall” appeared on his pager, paramedic Arie Jaffe was defibrillating the heart of a man lying on the floor of a Jerusalem pedestrian mall.

    The patient, a man in his early 60s who had been walking through the popular Jerusalem site...

  • Peres: Settlements bad for the Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that the West Bank settlements are bad for the Jews. JTA reports:

    “It is doubtful that a Jewish state without a Jewish majority can remain Jewish,” Peres said, inferring that settlements would lead to the inextricable inclusion of the Palestinians living on the West Bank.

    Peres’ remarks were an apparent response to the Levy Committee report, released Sunday, which stated that the West Bank settlements were legal because Israel does not meet the definition, under international law, of a military occupation.

  • Settlements a threat to Israel, Peres says

    July 10, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres called West Bank settlements a threat to Israel.

    The remarks, made Tuesday at the annual ceremony in memory of Zionism founder Theodor Herzl, appeared to address a report released Sunday that said “Israel does not meet the criteria of ‘military...

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  • 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...

  • Putin in Israel for dedication, meetings

    June 25, 2012 | 4:17 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, in meetings with Israeli leaders, discussed Iran, Syria and the stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Putin on June 25 also attended the dedication of a memorial in the coastal town of Netanya to the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany.

    ...
  • June 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 22, 2012 | 4:02 am

    Noteworthy

    Leading Syrians prepare to defect

    Following the defection by a Syria fighter pilot to Jordan, American officials believe Bashar Assad’s inner circle have been making exit plans, write Ruth Sherlock, Suha Maayeh and Peter Foster in the Daily Telegraph.

    The defection...

  • What do Israelis want from Diaspora Jews? EVERYTHING

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2012 | 12:23 am

    It’s a week of conferences for me; the first, on US-Israel relations, is behind me, the ‎second, Tomorrow - The Israeli Presidential Conference, started Tuesday. I’ll be ‎moderating a panel there on Thursday called “What does World Jewry Expect from ‎Israel?” that is promising...

  • Kissinger: Moment of truth on Iran within months

    June 19, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    Henry Kissinger, upon receiving Israel’s presidential award from Israeli President Shimon Peres, said the moment of truth on the Iran question will be in the months ahead.

    “The question is at what point one concludes that negotiations have reached their limit? It is not a question...

  • After Peres medal, pleas for Pollard persist

    June 19, 2012 | 10:11 am

    The Washington festivities honoring Israeli President Shimon Peres have come and gone, without an assurance of clemency for jailed spy Jonathan Pollard.

    But while Pollard’s 27th year in federal prison continues, so do calls for his release.

    “While I certainly don’t condone...

  • Peres calls for renewed peace talks in medal ceremony

    June 14, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Israeli President Shimon Peres called for a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians.

    “Israel and the Palestinians are ripe today to restart” peace talks, Peres said at the White House ceremony on Wednesday. “A...

  • June 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2012 | 3:02 am

    Noteworthy

    It’s Still Mubarak’s Egypt

    The legacy of the ousted president still casts a long shadow over Egypt, writes Steven ‎A. Cook in Foreign Policy.‎

    The Egypt that Mubarak officially inherited from Anwar Sadat on Oct. 14, 1981, was very ‎different from the country...

  • Peres and Obama meet in the White House discuss Iran, peace process

    June 13, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    President Shimon Peres met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, prior to the official dinner and reception at the White House, during which Peres will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civic award in the U.S.

    The fate of the convicted spy Jonathan...

  • White House won’t budge on Pollard release, despite Peres plea

    June 13, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    The U.S. stance denying clemency to Jonathan Pollard remains the same for now, a White House spokesman said, despite the plea by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    “Our position has not changed and will not change today,” Jay Carney said Wednesday. “And I would simply remind you that...

  • Obama: Peres represents Israel’s self-defense, desire for peace

    June 13, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    Awarding Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama said the Israeli president embodied Israel’s need to simultaneously defend itself and to seek peace.

    “Shimon knows the necessity of strength,” Obama said in prepared remarks released to the media before...

  • In first, bipartisan House letter seeks Pollard’s release

    June 12, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Congressional Democrats and Republicans are joining forces for the first time in an effort to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release.

    A bipartisan letter is circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives soliciting signatures on a letter to President Obama asking him to commute...

  • Peres to raise Pollard issue with Obama [UPDATE]

    June 11, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said he would raise clemency for Jonathan Pollard when he meets President Obama prior to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    “I will speak one on one with the president about Pollard,” Peres told reporters after arriving Monday ahead of the...

  • June 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2012 | 2:37 am

    Noteworthy
    Iran prepares for Moscow
    Kaveh L Afrasiabi of Asia Times Online speaks to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, about his country’s nuclear program.

    Neither the Stuxnet nor Flame [the latest cyber attack] nor other acts of...

  • White House to host dinner for Peres

    June 7, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    President Obama will honor Israeli President Shimon Peres with a White House dinner after he awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    The dinner, to take place on June 13, will have 140 guests, including “former Presidents of the United of States of America, Secretaries of...

  • Heroic Israeli mountain climber to receive medal from Peres

    May 29, 2012 | 10:31 am

    The Israeli who abandoned his quest to reach the summit of Mount Everest to rescue a Turkish climber will receive Israel’s Presidential Medal of Honor.

    Nadav Ben Yehuda, 24, was informed that he will receive the award next month at President Shimon Peres’ residence in Jerusalem,...

  • Bob Dylan: ‘Prophet’ and Medal of Freedom recipient

    May 21, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Most rock stars are retired by 71, but not Bob Dylan. He’s touring, performing and later this spring receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S.

    President Barack Obama will present the medals to Dylan, Israeli President Shimon Peres,...

  • 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”....

  • Eight quick takes on Israel’s canceled election and new unity government

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 8, 2012 | 12:55 am

    Don’t ever underestimate Israeli politics’ ability to surprise you. I was at the ‎Prime Minister’s Office yesterday on some unrelated business, and there was no ‎sense of looming decisions, no feeling of shifting winds. I was working with ‎Prof. Camil Fuchs on our next...

  • Kerry tells Peres: Obama is committed to keeping nukes from Iran

    May 1, 2012 | 11:43 am

    U.S. Sen. John Kerry told Israeli President Shimon Peres that there is “no doubt” about President Obama’s commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, met Tuesday morning in Jerusalem with...

  • Obama adds Dylan, Albright to Freedom Medal recipients

    April 26, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the...

  • Peres sends warning on Israeli Independence Day

    April 26, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres offered a warning to Israel’s enemies on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day.

    “To those who are now threatening Israel I say, don’t repeat the mistakes of your predecessors,” Peres said Thursday in a speech at an annual ceremony bestowing honors...

  • Rumors of mass Israeli emigration are much exaggerated

    By Pini Herman

    April 25, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Interviewing Israel’s President Shimon Peres in the April 4 issue of Time magazine, a correspondent quoted the often-cited number in suggesting that 1 million Israelis live outside their native country: “It’s not as if Jews are flocking there [to Israel]. What do these...

  • Obama letter to Peres: U.S. commitment to Israel ‘strong’

    April 25, 2012 | 10:08 am

    President Obama said the United States “remains steadfast in its commitment to Israel’s security and a comprehensive peace in the region” in an Independence Day message to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    The letter, sent April 18 to mark Israel’s Independence Day, which falls on...

  • Peres at Memorial Day ceremony: IDF is stronger than ever

    April 24, 2012 | 12:52 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces is stronger than ever, President Shimon Peres told bereaved families at Israel’s Memorial Day ceremony in the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

    During his speech, which took place immediately after the Israeli flag was lowered to half-mast, Peres said...

  • Bibi, Peres invoke Iran threat during Yom HaShoah ceremony

    April 18, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    Israel’s prime minister and president invoked the Iranian threat during remarks at the annual Yom HaShoah ceremony at Yad Vashem.

    Israel began the observance of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day with the national ceremony Wednesday night at the Yad Vashem memorial. Yom...

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