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  • Peres lauded in star-studded ceremony

    June 19, 2013 | 9:27 am

    World leaders praised and serenaded Israeli President Shimon Peres in honor of his upcoming 90th birthday.

    The prime-time birthday celebration Tuesday night marked the start of the fifth annual Israeli Presidential Conference. Two of every three Israeli television viewers tuned...

  • 9 bittersweet comments on Peres’ 90th

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2013 | 9:05 am

    I was thinking about writing ninety comments about Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebration, but I got tired at nine. I should also say at the outset of this post that I am moderating a panel at the conference on Thursday. This means I'm walking a tightrope here, trying to be both...

  • June 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2013 | 3:50 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. military team in Jordan planning ways to deal with Syria’s chemical weapons

    To Read: Jefrrey Golberg writes about the disagreement between State and Defense on Syria-

     It is possible, even for those of us who have been inclined toward intervention, to...

  • Happy 90th, Shimon Peres!

    June 18, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    Dignitaries from around the world gathered in Jerusalem today to celebrate the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Bill Clinton, Sharon Stone, Tony Blair, Dr. Ruth, Robert DeNiro and Barbra Streisand (who sung the traditional song “Avinu Malkeinu”) joined thousands of...

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  • In Israel, Sharon Stone meets her biggest fan, visits Hadassah Hospital

    June 18, 2013 | 9:28 am

    It’s unclear whether this guy is a fan of Sharon Stone or a fan of campy t-shirts. Either way, he had what was surely a surreal moment yesterday when, dressed in a “Basic Instinct” shirt, he bumped into Stone on the streets of Tel Aviv.

    The photo went viral — so far it has close...

  • Bill Clinton to Israelis: Share future with a Palestinian state

    June 17, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    There is no alternative to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Bill Clinton said at an event to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Clinton was speaking Monday night at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot in honor of Peres’ 90th birthday.

    “Your neighbors...

  • Mazel Tov, Israel; Shalom, Mayor Villaraigosa

    By Ryan Torok

    April 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Photographs of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa play on a large screen. In one photograph, he’s with Israeli President Shimon Peres. In others, he is visiting the Western Wall, walking at a kibbutz and greeting Israeli soldiers.

    Meanwhile, Villaraigosa, in the flesh, is...

  • Israel Police chief to meet with FBI on Boston Marathon attack

    April 17, 2013 | 9:44 am

    Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino in U.S. meetings with FBI and law enforcement officials is expected to discuss the Boston Marathon attack, among other topics.

    Danino and other senior Israel Police officers left Israel on Tuesday for 10 days of meetings in New York and...

  • Hatred of Jews remains strong, Netanyahu and Peres tell Yom Hashoah rite

    April 8, 2013 | 6:22 am

    The hatred of Jews is still strong more than 70 years after the Holocaust began, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres said at the national Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem.

    "The map of Europe still contains local stains of anti-Semitism," Peres...

  • Accepting an apology graciously

    March 28, 2013 | 2:49 pm

    "Turkey was the first to recognize Israel from the Muslim world. Since the 15th Century, Turkey was a shelter for the Jewish people. I can think of about 1,000 reasons why Turkey and Israel should be friends. There is an affinity in history; there is a closeness in geography."...

  • Obama’s Middle East visit: 50 shades of gray

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 27, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    On March 21, four days before Pesach, Sarah Chazizza was at home in Sderot, doing what people do before Pesach. She was cleaning. It was still early in the morning, but the weather was getting warmer and the windows were wide open to let the dusted furniture breath. So the sound of...

  • Obama quotes Hatikvah in Passover message

    March 27, 2013 | 10:23 am

    President Obama cited the Israeli national anthem's invocation of an ancient Jewish longing for a homeland in his Passover message.

    "Last week, I visited the state of Israel for the third time, my first as president," Obama said in his message reeled Monday just hours before the...

  • ‘Put yourself in their shoes’

    By Rob Eshman

    March 21, 2013 | 5:52 pm

    It’s been just two days since President Barack Obama touched down in Israel, and no doubt you’ve probably read and heard it all by now. The ribbing banter with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his Best Frenemy Forever. The constant ovations during his speeches. The Presidential...

  • Obama gift tree to Peres won’t be uprooted

    March 21, 2013 | 9:43 am

    The magnolia tree gifted from President Obama to Israeli President Shimon Peres will not have to be uprooted for approval by Israel's Agriculture Ministry.

    The ministry said Thursday that it would conduct the necessary tests in the garden of the president's residence in Jerusalem...

  • President Obama will reiterate where he stands

    March 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    President Obama will be making an historic trip to Israel in which he will meet with Israeli officials, see a number of important Zionist sites, and receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Israeli President Shimon Peres. It is without a doubt that the President will...

  • Air Force One lands in Israel

    March 20, 2013 | 5:08 am

    Air Force One has touched down in Israel.

    President Obama, who arrived at noon on Wednesday amid dozens of fluttering Israeli and American flags, is set to be greeted by an honor guard and will receive opening greetings from Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    He will also tour an Iron Dome anti-missile battery, brought to Ben Gurion airport for his inspection before heading to Jerusalem to prepare for a diplomatic meeting and reception with Peres at the President's residence.

    Obama will spend the next three days in Israel.

  • 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...

  • 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...

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