Shimon Peres

Council of Europe tells Peres it is committed to religious freedom

By Charlotte Oliver, October 10, 2013

The Council of Europe has assured Israeli president Shimon Peres of its commitment to religious tolerance, following a resolution condemning male ritual circumcision.

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland replied to a letter sent by Mr Peres, which told the council that banning circumcision would impede religious freedom.

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Big Succot date for Shimon Peres

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

The largest date in the world, which was grown in Israel, will hang in President Shimon Peres’ succah this year,

The Anerba date, which took seven years to grow and is around 10cm long and over 7 cm in circumference, will feature in the Israeli leader’s succah at his home in Jerusalem.

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Global stars line up to sing Peres’s praises

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

A star-studded international extravaganza in Jerusalem this week celebrated President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday and served as a reminder of his 65 years of service to the state and his undying vision of peace for Israel and its neighbours.

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Barbra Streisand sings Avinu Malkeinu

By Jennifer Lipman, June 19, 2013

Barbra Streisand sings Avinu Malkeinu for the first time live, in honour of Israeli president Shimon Peres

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Peres: science the key to secure Israel’s future

By Orlando Radice, June 18, 2013

In an interview with the JC ahead of his Presidential Conference and 90th birthday celebrations, Shimon Peres said that science and technology are the key the future “identity and existence” of the Jewish state.

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Kerry arrives in Israel to kick-start peace process

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to broker negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Mr Kerry is expected to take part in the Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem this morning followed by a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the afternoon.

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Obama visits Jerusalem as Israel tour continues

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2013

Israel President Shimon Peres has welcomed his American counterpart to Jerusalem on the first day of Barack Obama's trip to Israel.

The two heads of state planted a magnolia tree in the gardens of the presidential residence.

Schoolchildren sang Tomorrow from the musical Annie in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

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Peres’s diplomatic Euro-tour de force

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

To judge from the standing ovation that President Shimon Peres received following his speech on Tuesday morning to the European Parliament in Strasbourg — the first such speech by an Israeli head of state — you would think that Israel was the most favoured nation in the EU. As it was, Mr Peres did not spare his listeners from criticism.

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Charedim out as ground-shaking deal is brokered

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

It came down to the wire but at the last moment, a coalition has almost certainly been formed in Israel, five weeks after Benjamin Netanyahu was first called to President Shimon Peres and nearly two months after the elections.

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Peres tells new Pope: ‘come to Israel’

By Anna Sheinman, March 14, 2013

Peres tells new Pope: ‘come to Israel’

Israeli President Shimon Peres has invited the new pope, Pope Francis, to the Holy Land.

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