Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres bows out as president praising Israel ‘the great state’

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2014

In his farewell speech as president of Israel, Shimon Peres has spoken of his belief in the country’s strength to overcome Hamas, and his intention to continue his public service.

Speaking at the Knesset as he prepared to hand over to incoming-head of state Reuven Rivlin, Mr Peres said he had watched Israel become a “great state”.

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Peres prepares for a return to politics at the age of 91

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

As Israel's president, Shimon Peres, joined Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican for an interfaith prayer service, few in Israel were under the illusion that they were watching Peres's final conciliatory act.

Upon landing in Rome, he told reporters with a smile "I can't talk politics," but the inference was clear.

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Reuven Rivlin elected as the new president of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2014

Reuven Rivlin has been elected the new president of Israel.

The Likud party MK – widely known as Rubi Rivlin - will replace Shimon Peres as the 10th president, after 116 Knesset members voted in a secret ballot this morning.

After the second round of voting, Mr Rivlin received 63 votes, while MK Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party received 53.

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Irina Nevzlin Kogan: the oligarch's daughter who charmed Shimon Peres

By Jenni Frazer, May 27, 2014

Fundraisers, I am willing to bet, don’t get much more disarming than Irina Nevzlin Kogan. Alabaster of skin and sporting no jewellery except the most discreet of wedding bands, Kogan, 36, excuses herself before we even start to talk. She needs to call her babysitter back in Israel to make sure her two small children, aged five and three, are OK.

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Rivlin in pole position to succeed Peres as Israel’s next president

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 27, 2014

Six candidates remain in the race to be Israel's next president as the list closed today.

The candidates who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members include three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin (Likud) is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his party's official candidate.

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In praise of Shimon Peres

By David Aaronovitch, May 22, 2014

There has never not been Shimon Peres. For all of my life, somewhere in the drama of Israel and the world, have appeared the generous, handsome features of Israel’s eternal public figure — big nose, lips, hair, laugh-lines and sharp eyes.

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Peres barred from entering Swedish airspace

By Charlotte Oliver, May 12, 2014

Israeli President Peres was held up in mid-air on Sunday after Swedish authorities refused to permit the plane he was travelling in from entering their airspace.

The president had been en route to Norway in a private jet, owned by the company Kishrev Teufa, when he hit problems over the Baltic Sea.

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Shimon Peres: force of nature

December 6, 2013

Only Shimon Peres could announce his retirement from the Israeli presidency at the age of 90 in order to return to politics. And only Shimon Peres could make such an announcement and be taken totally seriously.

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Peres: I’m 90, so maybe time to retire — in politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 5, 2013

Shimon Peres, who celebrated his 90th birthday this year, has ruled out remaining the president of Israel after his seven-year term ends next year.

Last week, during a state visit to Mexico, he told reporters: “I will end my role as president in July 2014 and am against any attempt to extend my term or change the legislation.”

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Shimon Peres in new party talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2013

President Shimon Peres is holding closed talks on the foundation of a new political party that will launch after his presidential term ends next year.

The new party is expected to promote a diplomatic solution with the Palestinians and field a Knesset list that includes former security chiefs.

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