Shimon Peres

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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Israeli officer suspended over protest violence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2012

The Israeli president and prime minister have publicly condemned an officer who was filmed striking an unarmed protester.

The senior officer has been suspended by the Israeli military pending an investigation. Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner was captured on film hitting with his rifle a Danish activist who was demonstrating against Israeli government policies in the West Bank.

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Obama: no plans to release Jonathan Pollard

By Jennifer Lipman, April 10, 2012

A plea for clemency for the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been rejected by the Obama administration.

On Monday Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the White House to free the former

US Navy intelligence analyst, who was given a life sentence 15 years ago.

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Toulouse murder widow: do good in their memories

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2012

The woman who lost two children and her husband five days ago when an Islamist gunman attacked a school in Toulouse has issued a plea for Jews to do a good deed in their memory.

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Shimon Peres makes friends with Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

Shimon Peres has called for more communication at a meeting with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Speaking during the launch of his official Facebook page at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, the Israeli president said that peace was "not a matter for governments but for people.

"When people talk, they are surprised they can be friends," said the 88-year-old.

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Shimon Peres wants to be your Facebook friend

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Shimon Peres is to join Facebook.

The Israeli president has revealed plans to unveil his page today, ahead of an official launch at the social networking site's California headquarters next month.

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