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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Peres receives credentials of Egypt, Jordan envoys

    October 17, 2012 | 9:31 am

    The new ambassadors of Egypt and Jordan presented their credentials to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Egyptian envoy Atef Mohamed Salem Sayed Elahl and Jordanian envoy Walid Khalid Abdullah Obeidat were among six new ambassadors to present their credentials to Peres in Jerusalem...

  • Knesset dissolution bill passes first reading

    October 15, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously on first reading.

    Israeli lawmakers voted 99-0, with one voting "present," on Monday night to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22. The...

  • For southern Israel, start of school is start of ‘rocket season’

    August 27, 2012 | 10:09 am

    As the school year got underway for more than two million Israeli students across the country on Monday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel—midway between Beersheba and Ashkelon—causing no...

  • What should Jews do about the circumcision crisis?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 24, 2012 | 11:31 am

    My two smart and well-informed colleagues, Dr. Rabbi Dov Maimon and Nadia ‎Ellis (of JPPI fame), just published a new report on the so-called Circumcision ‎Crisis. That is, the attempt to limit or ban circumcision and other religious ‎practices in Western Europe. The paper is...

  • August 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 21, 2012 | 5:37 am

    In-depth

    The Israeli debate on attacking Iran is over

    By drawing attention to its vital relationship with the US, Shimon Peres has played the trump card in arguments against a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran, writes Shai Feldman in Foreign Policy.

    The presidential election...

  • August 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 17, 2012 | 1:43 am

    ‎‎In-depth

    Mursi and Israel

    The new Egyptian president cannot dodge questions about his stance on Israel forever, writes Khalil El-Anani in Al-Ahram.

    Mursi should bring himself to acknowledge the bitter truth. Dealing with Israel is not an option. It is an imperative...

  • Netanyahu aides: In opposing Israeli attack on Iran, Peres forgot his place

    August 16, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly clashed over the possibility of a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities on Thursday, with Netanyahu aides reportedly saying that Peres had “forgotten the role of a president in the State of Israel.”

    Earlier...

  • Peres says Israel can’t go it alone in Iran, trusts Obama

    August 16, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday came out against any go-it-alone Israeli attack on Iran, saying he trusted U.S. President Barack Obama’s pledge to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.

    His comments appeared to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...

  • Israel to U.S.: Time running out in Iran nuclear dispute

    August 1, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Israel warned visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday that time was running out for a peaceful settlement to the nuclear dispute with Iran, saying sanctions and tough talk over possible military action were failing to sway Tehran.

    Speculation is rampant over...

  • Romney, Obama show love for Israel in their own separate ways

    July 31, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    It was a weekend of Israel love politically that highlighted two approaches to showing affection for the Jewish state: Go to Israel, as Mitt Romney did, or go pro-Israel, as the Obama administration did.

    The pictures told the story, or as it were, stories: Romney in a kipah at the...

  • Israel receives first contact from Egypt’s Morsi

    July 31, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told Israel on Tuesday he wanted to work for peace in the Middle East, in the first official message sent by the Arab state’s new Islamist leadership to the Jewish state.

    Politicians in Israel had expressed alarm in private over the election of the...

  • Struggling with mourning on Tisha b’Av? Join the oh-so-Jewish club of ‎confusion

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 27, 2012 | 8:29 am

    Last week, I had lunch with President Shimon Peres at his residence. A ‎fascinating two-hour break from my usual schedule, talking mostly ‎about history and its lessons – or whether it had any. I was really a ‎sidekick at this event, the President wanted to meet a young and...

  • Planes with wounded return to Israel; Peres: ‘Israel will act against terror’

    July 19, 2012 | 9:36 am

    President Shimon Peres said in response to the deadly attack in Bulgaria that Israel will “locate and act against terror all over the world,” as the wounded and dead arrived in Israel.

    Two planes carrying Israelis wounded from Wednesday evening’s attack were landed in Israel at...

  • Clinton to Netanyahu: ‘We will continue to consult closely’

    July 16, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem Monday, fresh from a visit to Egypt, where she became the most senior U.S. official to meet newly elected President Mohamed Morsi, from the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

    It was Clinton’s first visit to the...

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