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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

  • Congress considers Congressional Gold Medal for Shimon Peres

    August 1, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    Members of the U.S. Congress introduced legislation to award Israeli President Shimon Peres the Congressional Gold Medal.

    Should the legislation pass, Peres, who turns 90 on Friday, would be one of just nine individuals to win both the Congressional Gold Medal and the...

  • Kerry, peace and the EU

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    Three leaders were eligible for a Nobel Peace Prize 20 years ago for not bringing about a lasting peace. Today one wonders: Has the bar been lowered enough since then so that achieving negotiations alone — just the talking — is now an accomplishment worthy of the trophy? If Yitzhak...

  • “V” for Victory!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 9, 2013 | 5:34 am

    If you happened to read my recent posts, you probably noticed a hint of disappointment between the lines. As the internet takes a growing place in our lives, winning the media war becomes more critical, and the more lies about Israel I encountered, the more I felt like our battle...

  • Shimon Peres’ top 10 life lessons [VIDEO]

    June 26, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Shimon Peres celebrated his 90th birthday last week (his actual birthday is in August). Here he is on Israeli television sharing ten lessons he’s learned over the last nine decades.

  • Iran warning, message of hope end Israeli Presidential Conference

    June 20, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, interrupted by protesters, delivered more warnings on Iran as the Israeli Presidential Conference came to a close.

    President Shimon Peres offered a message of hope as the two-day conference in Jerusalem ended on Thursday.

    Netanyahu,...

  • Shimon Peres won’t stop believing

    June 20, 2013 | 10:23 am

    He’s one of the oldest heads of state in the world and the star of his own two-day conference. Celebrities from Bill Clinton to Sharon Stone lavish praises on him. He walks into a room and it erupts into applause. Israel’s Presidential Conference is, in part, a tribute to Israeli...

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