Shimon Peres

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.


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)


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.


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.”


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.


Lucky Succot escape for the President Shimon Peres

October 4, 2012

For Israeli President Shimon Peres, nature came a little too close for comfort this Succot.

Mr Peres was hosting a gathering in his succah at home in Jerusalem this week when a gust of wind blew a sign bearing the state emblem of the menorah, and a large potted plant, on to his head.


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.


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”.


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.


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.