Shimon Peres

Iran will promise UN not to build nuclear weapons

By Anna Sheinman, March 12, 2013

Iran will promise the United Nations that it will not seek to create nuclear weapons, an Iranian news agency has claimed.

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Peres declares 11 Belgian families Righteous Among the Nations

By Zoe Winograd, March 6, 2013

Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Prince of Belgium have bestowed decorations of Righteous Among the Nations on 11 Belgian families who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

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Revealed: how ‘Count of Auschwitz’ saved Peres’s father

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2013

The full story of the wartime experiences of Yitzchak Persky, President Shimon Peres's father, are today made public for the first time.

A folder that had been hidden in the Yad Vashem archives before being given to President Peres last year has been seen by the JC. It contains the testimony of Polish-born Yitzchak Persky, given to a Yad Vashem researcher in January 1965.

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Israeli coalition games in full flow

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

Although The most high-profile event this week was the swearing-in of the newly elected Knesset on Tuesday, with a record 48 new MKs, the real action was behind the scenes.

After President Shimon Peres had officially tasked Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government, coalition talks began in earnest.

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Israel could resume talks with Hamas, says Peres

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel could negotiate with Hamas if the terrorist group renounced violence and recognised Israel.

During an address at a Christian conference today, President Peres said: "People ask about Hamas, why aren't we talking with Hamas?

“There is nothing wrong with that as long as we get an answer from them.

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Israeli President Peres defends Abbas on peace

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres has praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for promoting “peace rather than terror”.

President Peres defended the Palestinian leader while implying that the more forceful approach of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was not conducive to peace.

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Shimon Peres speaks about Israel's operation in Gaza

November 16, 2012

Israel's Prime Minister gives an update on the situation, followed by a speech by President Shimon Peres (from 1:17)

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Tzipi Livni: Peres for Prime Minister

By Anna Sheinman and Hadas Haimov, November 8, 2012

Former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni is pushing President Shimon Peres to run for prime minister.

Ms Livni's associates have confirmed in a statement that she would like Mr Peres, who is 89 years-old, to run because she believes there is no one more worthy to lead the centrist camp.

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Peres tells Ashton: Stopping bloodshed here is greatest call of our time

By Sahar Zivan, October 25, 2012

President Shimon Peres told Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on Wednesday: “To stop the bloodshed here and to stop the danger in Iran are the two main calls of our time, for the sake of their people and of ours.”

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Letter from Morsi to Peres prompts disbelief

By Anna Sheinman, October 18, 2012

A warm, respectful letter from Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to Israeli President Shimon Peres has caused anger and disbelief in Egypt.

The diplomatic missive was delivered on Wednesday by Egypt’s new ambassador to Israel Atef Salem, but was dated July 19. Although it mostly followed diplomatic protocol in its use of language, some of the phrasing is particularly cordial.

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