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  • Peres, Bibi bringing up Pollard release with Obama

    March 5, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres asked President Obama to release convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    Peres told Pollard’s wife, Esther, on Monday that he discussed the possibility of releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been jailed for 27 years since being convicted of...

  • March 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2012 | 4:40 am

    Obama and Netanyahu’s Competing ‘Red Lines’ for Attacking Iran

    Eli Lake of the Daily Beast looks at the divisive issue that will be at the heart of Obama and Netanyahu’s portentous meeting on Iran today.

    At issue is that the United States and Israel disagree on what the...

  • March 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 2, 2012 | 6:05 am

    Shimon Peres’ Influence Wanes as Israel Grows More Bellicose Toward Iran

    The long-standing alliance between Netanyahu and Peres may be over – thanks to differences on Iran and the Palestinians, says Dan Ephron writing in the Daily Beast.

    People familiar with the relationship...

  • USC leaders visit Israel with eye toward expanding academic ties

    February 29, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    A delegation of trustees, professors and faculty from the University of Southern California (USC) benefited from the spring sunshine in Israel, an unexpected bonus (or perhaps lucky selling point) on a trip to explore increased academic ties with Israeli institutions.

    The group...

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  • Canada’s foreign minister stresses strong support for Israel

    January 31, 2012 | 10:47 am

    The foreign minister of Canada emphasized his country’s staunch support of Israel.

    “Israel has no greater friend in the world than Canada,” John Baird said Monday at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum.

    Baird, on his third visit to Israel, also said that “Canada does not...

  • Peres to visit the U.S.

    January 17, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres will visit the United States in March.

    Peres will leave for the United States on March 1 to attend the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, where the organization will pay tribute to him “in recognition of his life achievements in establishing and...

  • Peres praises Masorti movement, condemns extremists

    January 10, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres praised the Masorti movement’s contributions to Israel and condemned extremists in Israel.

    “I came here this evening to hear women singing,” Peres said Jan. 5 after a performance of the Masorti youth movement’s coed singing troupe at a dinner to...

  • Peres to vacate official president’s residence

    December 27, 2011 | 11:56 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres will move out of his official residence in Jerusalem following flooding and infrastructure failure throughout the complex.

    Peres will move to an apartment in Jerusalem’s tony Mamilla neighborhood during the renovations, which are estimated to cost...

  • Shimon Peres ‘ashamed’ at anti-democratic moves

    December 13, 2011 | 8:27 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said in remarks published on Tuesday he was “ashamed” at a rash of legislative proposals from right-wing members of parliament targetting pro-Palestinian groups.

    Peres told Israel’s most widely circulated newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth he has fielded...

  • Netanyahu, Peres deplore gender segregation

    December 12, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Israel’s prime minister and president came out against efforts by some haredi Orthodox Jews to segregate women in public.

    Civil liberties groups have complained about gender segregation in buses and public places frequented by haredim, and the shunning by some religious soldiers of...

  • Peres promotes Israeli moon probe

    December 8, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Israeli space enthusiasts are taking part in an international moon-probe competition.

    President Shimon Peres cut the ribbon Thursday on Space IL, a nonprofit group that will compete for the international Google Lunar X Prize. The challenge is to become the first team to...

  • At memorial, Peres says Rabin’s path is accepted as way to peace

    November 9, 2011 | 10:23 am

    At a ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli President Shimon Peres said most Israelis accept Rabin’s stance on two states for two peoples.

    Peres was among the speakers Wednesday at the official national memorial service at the Mount...

  • Shimon Peres remembers Ben-Gurion

    November 3, 2011 | 11:41 am

    The overly creased and still tender face of Shimon Peres looks like he has always been crying; he seems to carry centuries of Jewish suffering upon his strong shoulders. Still, there is some flicker of hope in the old man’s eyes; a stubbornness and a determination that his life’s...

  • Peres visits Shalit at home

    October 24, 2011 | 9:13 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Gilad Shalit at his home in northern Israel, the first Israeli official to visit since the soldier’s return.

    Peres traveled to Mitzpe Hila on Monday.

    “I came on behalf of the whole nation to tell you how happy we are to have you home,” Peres...

  • Peres marks 88th birthday

    August 16, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres marked his 88th birthday with a full working schedule.

    During a meeting Tuesday with the Chinese military chief, Gen. Chen Bingde, the general offered his birthday wishes to Peres.

    “Your health is not only a blessing for Israel, but also for world...

  • Palestinians erring in state bid without talks, Hoyer tells Peres

    August 10, 2011 | 10:35 am

    U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer told Israeli President Shimon Peres that the Palestinians “would be making an error” in seeking U.N. recognition without negotiations.

    Hoyer, the minority whip in the House of Representatives, is leading a delegation of 26 Democratic members of the U.S....

  • New U.S. envoy to Israel: Obama hoping to visit

    August 3, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    The new U.S. ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, said President Obama hopes to visit the country.

    Shapiro, 42, presented his credentials Wednesday to Israeli President Shimon Peres. He was appointed as ambassador in July.

    Shapiro said no details of a visit to Israel have been...

  • Peres: Oslo Accords still hold

    July 26, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Israel denied a report that it may declare void the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians.

    President Shimon Peres, one of the architects of the 1993 interim peace accords, said Tuesday that he “checked out” a Haaretz report that the Netanyahu government might call off the accords...

  • Peres thanks Greek president for stopping flotilla

    July 11, 2011 | 8:04 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres thanked his Greek counterpart for his country’s help in stopping a flotilla bound for Gaza.

    Peres hosted Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday in Jerusalem for a reception and a working meeting.

    “I genuinely thank you for fulfilling the...

  • Peres urges Russia to cease sale of advanced weapons to Syria

    June 2, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    According to a statement released by the president’s office, Peres discussed ongoing turmoil in the Arab world with the Russian leaders, saying that Syria was undergoing a critical time of change.

    “Assad has killed thousands of protesters in cold blood and I do not know what the...

  • Peres hands Obama letter from Pollard

    April 26, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres handed President Obama a letter from Jonathan Pollard pleading for his release.

    “I write to implore you, Mr. President, in the wake of numerous calls by senior American officials urging you to commute my sentence to time served, and in light of the...

  • Peres: Israel needs to formulate its own Mideast peace plan

    April 22, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Israel needs to draft its own Mideast peace initiative if it wants to avoid international pressure over a reported U.S peace plan, President Shimon Peres said on Friday, following a report claiming Washington was working on a plan to restart stalled peace talks.

    Peres’ comments came...

  • Peres to ask UN chief to cancel Goldstone Report, sources say

    April 6, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    President Shimon Peres will ask United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to nullify Judge Richard Goldstone’s damning report on the Gaza war in light of the author’s expression of regret regarding some of his claims, sources told Haaretz on Wednesday.

    Peres has held talks with a...

  • Obama: Changes in Mideast make Israel-Palestinian peace more urgent than ever

    April 5, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    United States President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that with the winds of change sweeping the broader Middle East it was “more urgent than ever” to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Obama was speaking to reporters after holding White House talks with...

  • Peres to Clinton: Israel is ready to assist in Mideast transition

    April 5, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Shimon Peres told Hillary Rodham Clinton that Israel was ready to do what it could to facilitate transition among its neighbors to democracy.

    “We see this occasion as an occasion for better and for good will to cooperate in every possible way to enable this change to take the course...

  • Peres arrives in D.C.

    April 4, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Shimon Peres arrived in Washington for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with President Obama.

    Peres, who arrived Monday, will discuss “security cooperation between Israel and the United States, recent developments in the Middle East, and the pursuit of peace between...

  • Peres reportedly to unveil Bibi peace plan on D.C. visit

    March 31, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is visiting Washington.

    Peres will be in Washington next week, the Israeli embassy said in a release Thursday, and arrangements for meetings with “government leaders” are underway.

    Israeli media have reported that Peres will meet with President Obama...

  • Peres: Libya’s Gadhafi should be ‘thrown in the trash’

    March 10, 2011 | 10:57 am

    Beleaguered Libyan Leader Muammar Gadhafi belongs in the trash, President Shimon Peres said during an address to a student association in Jerusalem.

    Referring to recent unrest in Libya, as pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels seeking to depose the long-time leader engage in what could be a...

  • Turkey’s Adbullah Gul cancels meeting with Peres reportedly over flotilla

    September 20, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Turkey’s president canceled a meeting with Shimon Peres because Israel has not apologized for the flotilla incident, the Israeli president told reporters.

    Peres and Adbullah Gul were scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly opening session, but Gul said Monday...

  • Peres visiting Bulgaria, Romania to boost relations

    August 11, 2010 | 11:14 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is on a state visit to Bulgaria and Romania aimed at bolstering bilateral relations with the two Balkan nations.

    In the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Wednesday, Peres was presented with the country’s highest state decoration, the Stara Planina Award.

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