Shimon Peres

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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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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