Shimon Peres

Giant rift at the top as Peres rebuffs Netanyahu on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 23, 2012

President Shimon Peres expressed his views on an Israeli strike against Iran in public “only when he felt there was nothing else he could do and we were close to the moment of truth”, insisted presidential aides.

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Morsi denies sending letter to Peres

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 2, 2012

Eygptian President Mohammed Morsi has denied sending a warm letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres that expressed a desire for “security and stability for the region including the Israeli people”.

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Israeli leaders speak on tragedy of self-immolating protester

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has described the case of a man who set himself alight at a social justice protest in Tel Aviv as a "great personal tragedy".

In an incident that resembled the self-immolation of a Tunisian man last year – seen by many as the catalyst for the Arab Spring – Moshe Silman set himself ablaze to highlight inequalities in Israel.

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Pomp but no shift on Iran as Putin visits Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2012

The 24-hour visit to Israel by the Russian President was heavy on ceremony but lean on progress on the key issues of Iran and Syria.

Vladimir Putin’s whirlwind trip through the Middle East began in Netanya where, after arriving 90 minutes late, he joined Israeli President Shimon Peres to dedicate a memorial commemorating the Allied victory in the Second World War.

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Warning over waning of US power at Peres conference

By Steve Rubin, June 21, 2012

When world leaders, policy experts, technology wonks and journalists gathered last year for the Israeli President’s Conference, the Arab Spring was in its infant stages and the European economic crisis was on the verge of becoming catastrophic.

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Shimon Peres honoured with Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Shimon Peres has been awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Israeli statesman collected the prize at a ceremony in Washington DC on Wednesday evening hosted by Barack Obama.

Speaking as he honoured Mr Peres with the highest civilian award given by the US government, Mr Obama praised the Israeli for his contribution to the links between the two countries.

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Shimon Peres congratulates the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee

By Jenni Frazer, May 31, 2012

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, has sent warm wishes to Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

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Israel's Shimon Peres in hospital for hernia surgery

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

Shimon Peres is being treated in hospital for a hernia.

The Israeli President, 89 in August, was in Canada this week on a state visit, and returned earlier today. On arrival in Tel Aviv he was admitted to the Sheba Medical Centre to undergo surgery.

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Dylan, Peres awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2012

Legendary musician Bob Dylan and Israeli president Shimon Peres have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The singer, who turns 71 next month, was named as one of 13 individuals to be given the highest honour open to American civilians.

Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, has enjoyed a career spanning five decades and won five Grammy awards.

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Iran threat underlined on Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

Israel has begun marking its annual Holocaust Memorial Day.

As is customary, sirens went off at 10am local time across the Jewish state and pedestrians and drivers came to a standstill, in memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Shoah.

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