Shimon Peres

Pope to visit Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI is to visit Israel next year at the invitation of President Shimon Peres, in an attempt to end the recent period of tension over the beatification of former Pope Pius XII.

The visit, which is yet to be formally announced, is set to take place in early May 2009.

President Peres officially invited the Pope a few weeks ago, following a meeting with Archbishop Antonio Franco, the papal nuncio in Jerusalem, who indicated that such an invitation would be positively received.

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Prince Charles' "dream" of visiting Israel

November 21, 2008

Shortly after visiting the Queen and receiving his knighthood, President Shimon Peres arrived at Clarence House for an audience with Prince Charles.

Mr Peres and the Prince spoke for about 30 minu te s about the peace process, the Iranian nuclear programme and the Prince's ecological initiatives.

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Diplomatic conclusion to President Peres' visit

By Anshel Pfeffer and Stephen Pollard, November 21, 2008

The last stage of the Presidential visit to Britain was given over to diplomatic affairs.

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‘Generals row’ hits Peres visit

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2008

A diplomatic row is simmering behind this week's historic visit of President Shimon Peres.

Mr Peres, who flies back today after four days in Britain, met The Queen, the Prime Minister and made an emotional address to Parliament.

He also faced protests during an address to Oxford students and made an emotional address to MPs.
But his aides accused the British government of failing to deliver on promises to change the law that allows individuals to bring legal actions against IDF officers.

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Peres receives honorary knighthood from the Queen

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2008

Queen Elizabeth awarded an honorary knighthood this morning to President of Israel Shimon Peres. Mr Peres was knighted with the Grand Cross of the order of St Michael and St George.

The Queen and Mr Peres met for about 30 minutes during which Mr Peres spoke to the Queen about Israel's history and current situation. Mr Peres gave the Queen two gifts: a letter written by her father, George VI, upon the official recognition by Britain of the state of Israel, and two silver candlesticks in the shape of pomegranates.

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A British hero saved my father

November 20, 2008

Shimon peres told MPs and peers in an address to parliament that a speech made to the Knesset by Gordon Brown "invoked a distant memory within me".

He said that, while the Prime Minister's father "cherished the Bible", his father "experienced an attempt to kill the people of the Bible".

"In pre-state Israel, my father volunteered for the Royal British Army. He was captured by the German forces and became a prisoner of war.

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Israelis ask: where is the community support

By Anshel Pfeffer and Candice Krieger, November 20, 2008

Senior Israeli diplomats and members of President Shimon Peres's entourage have expressed their disappointment at the absence of pro-Israel demonstrators around the events in the presidential visit.

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Protestors fail to disrupt Peres talk

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2008

President Shimon Peres showed grace under fire on Tuesday night when he was systematically heckled and barracked by Oxford students at the city's Sheldonian Theatre.

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No Peres visit to UK war plaque

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2008

A ceremony to unveil a plaque commemorating British diplomats who saved Nazi victims has been dropped from the schedule of President Shimon Peres' official visit to Britain next week.

Jewish organisations had objected to the wording of the plaque.

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Britain prepares to do the honours for Peres

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2008

All the stops will be out to honour Israeli President Shimon Peres when he visits Britain on November 17 - his first time since becoming president.

In addition to being awarded an honorary title from the Queen, he will receive an honorary doctorate from King's College, London.

Both the British and Israeli foreign ministries have unofficially confirmed that Mr Peres will be awarded a title during his visit, though details are "still in the works".

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