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  • Netanyahu brings new gov’t to Peres, taps Ya’alon for defense

    March 18, 2013 | 4:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Shimon Peres that he formed a government coalition.

    The leaders met Saturday night at the president's residence in Jerusalem, one day after Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett -- leaders of the Yesh Atid and Jewish Home parties,...

  • Streisand to perform two stadium concerts in Tel Aviv

    March 18, 2013 | 3:08 am

    Barbra Streisand will perform two Tel Aviv concerts in Israel in addition to performing at the 90th birthday celebration for President Shimon Peres.

    The concerts will take place June 15-16 at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium, the Israel media reported.

    On June 18, Streisand will...

  • First Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent to dine with Obama

    March 14, 2013 | 8:14 am

    Yityish Aynaw, the first Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent, has been invited to meet President Obama at a dinner hosted by President Shimon Peres.

    Aynaw, 21, who was crowned two weeks ago, reportedly was invited at the behest of Obama's advance team, which is currently in Israel...

  • Peres to European Parliament: Call Hezbollah terror group

    March 12, 2013 | 7:07 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres told European Parliament lawmakers that they should classify Hezbollah as a terror group, and that Israel’s new cabinet creates a chance for renewed talks with the Palestinians.

    "We appeal to you, call terror ‘terror,’” Peres told the European Union...

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  • Pollard clemency petition reaches 103,000 signatures

    March 5, 2013 | 10:16 am

    More than 103,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Obama to free imprisoned spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    The petition, which appears in Hebrew and English, was placed online Feb. 11 and will be hand delivered to Obama during his visit to Israel later this...

  • Following extension to form government, Netanyahu calls for parties to unite

    March 3, 2013 | 7:12 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israeli political parties to "come together and unite our forces," hours after being granted an extension to form a new government.

    He used the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons to illustrate why the country's politicians must...

  • Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

    February 28, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.

    Their meeting was scheduled for Saturday night at the end of Shabbat, which is the deadline for forming a government.

    Under law, Netanyahu can...

  • Members of the 19th Knesset sworn in at inaugural session

    February 5, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The first session of the newly elected 19th Knesset opened in Jerusalem.

    The 120 members of the Knesset, including 48 new members, were sworn in on Tuesday as part of the celebratory opening.

    The session was presided over by the Labor Party's Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, the...

  • Peres receives official Knesset elections results

    January 30, 2013 | 10:42 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres received the official results of the elections for the 19th Knesset.

    The chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, delivered the results to the president's residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

    Peres was...

  • Obama congratulates Netanyahu in phone call

    January 28, 2013 | 11:19 am

    President Obama congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on winning the most seats in the next Knesset and said he looked forward to working with the new government.

    "President Obama spoke today by telephone with Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate him on his...

  • Peres using Facebook to urge young people to vote

    January 7, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres released a Facebook application to encourage young Israelis to vote.

    Peres on Sunday unveiled a video and Facebook application called "Bocher Mavi Chaver," or "Voter Brings a Friend."

    He collaborated with the popular actor Eyal Kitzis in calling...

  • In Israel, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul calls for end to foreign assistance

    January 7, 2013 | 9:33 am

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul called for a reduction of foreign assistance during a visit to Israel.

    Paul (R-Ky.), who opposes foreign assistance, including defense aid to Israel, on Monday told the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies that the United States will always be Israel's...

  • UCLA, MIT duos among Wolf Prize winners

    January 3, 2013 | 9:34 am

    Seven scientists and an architect were named recipients of Israel's prestigious 2013 Wolf Prizes.

    The $100,000 prizes, which will be presented in May by Israeli President Shimon Peres during a special Knesset session, were announced Wednesday in Jerusalem by Gideon Saar, Israel's...

  • Palestinians see little hope in Israeli elections

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Palestinians say they do not expect significant improvement in their lives or a re-starting of the peace process after Israel’s national election next month.

    “The current election is a competition within the right-wing itself,” Nashat Aqtash, a professor of media at Bir Zeit...

  • Peres calls peace a top priority at reception for Christian leaders

    December 31, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres at a reception for Christian leaders called peace a top priority.

    "Peace is not just a desire, it is not just a call from heaven, I think it can be attained and achieved," Peres said Monday in a greeting to his guests in Jerusalem. "We have to act...

  • 2013 election: The shameless vote

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 8:18 am

    No one ever accused former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni of any hint of corruption. She is a woman with as untainted a record for a politician as one can have. Nonetheless, you’d have to really stretch those muscles of ethical behavior to keep calling Livni a principled...

  • Israeli leaders send condolence messages in Newtown massacre

    December 16, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Israeli leaders sent letters of condolence to President Barack Obama over the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    "On behalf of the people of Israel, as friends and as parents, we stand with you today in contemplation and grief over the atrocious,...

  • December 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 11, 2012 | 12:48 am

    In-depth

    'We Have to Open Negotiations Right Away'

    President Shimon Peres talks to Hans Hoyng and Juliane von Mittelstaedt of Der Spiegel about the peace process, Iran's nuclear ambitions and the change in the Arab world. 

    Not everything that happens in the Middle East is...

  • Shimon Peres tweets the pope

    December 4, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Israel's President Shimon Peres welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to Twitter with a tweet extolling Israel-Vatican ties.

    "Your holiness, welcome to Twitter. Our relations with the Vatican are at their best and can form a basis to further peace everywhere," Peres tweeted Tuesday.

    ...
  • European Parliament members in Israel discuss U.N. vote

    December 4, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Four members of the European Parliament met with Israeli leaders during a solidarity visit to Israel following its escalated conflict with Hamas.

    The members of the European Parliament  returned to Brussels on Monday after touring the areas hit by Hamas rockets during the...

  • November 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 23, 2012 | 2:09 am

    In-depth

    Middle East shifts may weaken Iran's influence with Palestinians

    Hamas' reliance on Egypt as a interlocutor with Israel and the ongoing conflict in Syria are taking their toll on Tehran's sway in the region, write Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim in the Los...

  • Peres briefs Obama on Hamas commander killing

    November 14, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres briefed U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday about Israel's killing of the Hamas military commander in Gaza, saying the man was a "mass-murderer", Peres's office said in a statement.

    Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Israeli prime...

  • November 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 1:18 am

    In-depth

    Is it Already Too Late to Stop Iran?

    Jonathan Tobin of Commentary raises the question that if Israel no longer has the capability to halt Iran's nuclear program, how long before the same true is of the United States. 

    Yet if it is now too late for Israel to stop...

  • As Obama takes second term, Israelis wonder what the future holds

    November 7, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Most Israelis were asleep as the polls closed in America and voters waited for the results, but on one rooftop in central Tel Aviv a party with loud classic rock music and flashing lights was going strong.

    It was the pro-Obama election-watching party of Israel’s left-wing Meretz...

  • November 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 2, 2012 | 3:26 am

    In-depth

    Anatomy of a Deal with Iran

    Writing in the National Interest, Rajan Menon lays out his vision for an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.

    A negotiated settlement would have to include provisions allowing Iran some level of enrichment but one well below what...

  • Peres sends letter to Obama in wake of Sandy

    November 1, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres expressed sympathy and friendship on behalf of the people of Israel to President Obama in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

    In a letter sent to Obama Thursday, Peres wrote that he is "joined by the people of Israel in an expression of concern for the...

  • Conference sessions suggest new fundraising model, praise Israel-Diaspora cooperation

    October 30, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    Delegates to the Jewish People Policy Institute conference proposed a new model for Jewish communal fundraising and stressed the importance of cooperation between Israel and Diaspora Jewish communities.

    At a conference session on how the global Jewish community spends its funds,...

  • Confused about the Bibi-Lieberman merger? You’re not alone

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 26, 2012 | 5:43 am

    Yes, Prime Minister Netanyahu, once again, was able to surprise us all with a new political move – the sudden announcement yesterday that the Likud Party and the Yisrael Beiteinu Party will be running together in this election cycle. Problem is, we don’t know yet what Netanyahu and...

  • Israel confers Presidential Medal on Conductor Zubin Mehta

    October 17, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    Israeli conductor Zubin Mehta was awarded a Presidential Medal of Distinction by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Mehta is the music director for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and a visiting conductor for orchestras around the world.

    The award, presented at a special...

  • Foreign policy: In favor of Romney

    October 17, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    [Related: In favor of Obama]

    Mitt Romney likes to recount a conversation he had with Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, back when he was governor of Massachusetts. Peres told him that “America is unique in the history of the world for its willingness to sacrifice so many...

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