Shimon Peres

World bows as Peres gets his final send-off

By Nathan Jeffay, October 6, 2016

On the Jerusalem hill where Israel buries its leaders, they mourned him as a peacemaker and a father; as a man steeped in history who was always looking to the future; and as a statesman who influenced the great and the good across the world but considered himself "shy".


It's not the 'end of an era' - yet

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2016

The standard cliché, "the end of an era", trotted out when a major statesman passes away, may seem more appropriate than usual in the case of Shimon Peres, one of the last members of Israel's founding generation. In many ways, however, the Peres era is not over in Israel and will continue for quite a while yet.


Empty chair at Peres's funeral

By Alona Ferber, October 6, 2016

One of the biggest question marks hanging over the funeral of Israeli founding father Shimon Peres was whether any Arab leaders would attend. As luminaries from 70 countries headed to Jerusalem, people wondered: Would Egypt's President Sisi attend? He sent his foreign minister. Would the Palestinians send a representative? They did: President Abbas himself.


Boris Johnson pledges to work with Israel as Foreign Secretary

By Marcus Dysch, October 5, 2016

Boris Johnson has told an audience of hundreds of Conservatives that Britain and Israel “must stand and work together”.

The Foreign Secretary addressed around 300 people at the Conservative Friends of Israel’s biggest-ever party conference reception in Birmingham on Tuesday evening.


World leaders honour Shimon Peres at his funeral

By Daniel Sugarman, September 30, 2016

Dignitaries from around the world came to the Mount Herzl cemetery on Friday morning to pay their respects to Shimon Peres, the ninth President of Israel.


How Shimon Peres, the boy from Vishniva, grew to be a giant

By Sue Fox, September 29, 2016

Shimon Peres, Israel's minister of foreign affairs, says that even as a child he had the feeling that he was a grown up person.

“It was only at a very late age that there have been times when I felt like a child.”

Born Shimon Persky, in Vishniva, Poland, in 1923, he was close to his grandfather, a much respected rabbi, with whom he studied the Talmud.


Anshel Pfeffer on Shimon Peres

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 29, 2016

In any biography of Shimon Peres's life, the opening chapters alone would describe more landmark achievements than most successful politicians' entire careers.


Peres the politician: His global stature grew

By Sir Malcolm Rifkind, September 29, 2016

Certain statesmen bestride the world like a colossus. Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher have been examples in our own time.

Shimon Peres was one of that small pantheon.

I was fortunate in meeting him on several occasions. He was always witty as well as wise.


Peres the campaigner: Despair not an option

By Uri Dromi, September 29, 2016

In late April 1996, with the entourage of Prime Minister Shimon Peres, I was heading to London on the Israeli version of Air Force One. Still depressed and licking my wounds after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and being considered as one of the "Rabin Boys", I wasn't so popular in the eyes of the ever suspicious Peres people on the plane.


Peres the President: From kibbutznik to dandy

By Jenni Frazer, September 29, 2016

There's a picture on my living-room windowsill of me shaking hands with Shimon Peres. I have tried and failed to figure out what office of state Peres was occupying at the time, because no matter what the political temperature in Israel, Peres always seems to have been there, the great survivor.