Shimon Peres

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.