Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres rained out of his home

By Jennifer Lipman, December 30, 2011

Severe rain has left the Israeli president unable to stay in his home.

Shimon Peres will move to a flat in Jerusalem for four months while repairs are carried out to his official presidential residence, Beit Hanasi.

His spokeswoman, Ayelet Frish, said a rainstorm had flooded the dining room and other parts of the house, and also caused damage to the building's wiring.


Shimon Peres quizzed on Iran, the Arab Spring and religion

By Jennifer Lipman, December 28, 2011

Israel's president discusses the impact of the Arab Spring and the prospect for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah


Havel praised as 'voice of freedom' by Israeli leader

By Jennifer Lipman, December 19, 2011

The Israeli President has paid tribute to the late leader of the Czech Republic.

Playwright turned politician Vaclav Havel, who died on Sunday at the age of 75, led the nation as it moved from Communism to democracy.

Shimon Peres described Mr Havel as a friend of Israel and a personal friend, and said he was like nobody else.


Peace is no joke for Peres

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is never one to turn down a celebrity meeting and here he is with actor Jason Alexander, best known as the hapless George in Seinfeld.

Alexander was heading a delegation on behalf of the organisation One Voice, which promotes support for a two-state solution among grassroots Israelis and Palestinians.


Gilad Shalit's courage praised by Israeli President

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

The Israeli soldier who was freed last week after five years in the captivity of Hamas has thanked President Shimon Peres for the support he gave the family.

Gilad Shalit and his parents met the president at their home in northern Israel today, six days after he returned to Israeli soil for the first time since June 2006.


Shalit deal: Peres pardons prisoners 'with aching heart'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

The prisoners who are being released in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have been officially pardoned.

However President Shimon Peres included a note with the pardon files that said the decision to free them had been made "with an aching heart".

"The voices of the terror victims and the deep grief of their families burns all of our hearts," he said.


Outrage over Jaffa cemetery vandalism

By Jennifer Lipman, October 9, 2011

Jewish groups have condemned an attack on a cemetery in Jaffa as "unconscionable" and "a disgrace" to the religion.

Israeli police found smashed headstones and graffiti scrawled on Muslim and Christian graves calling for "death to Arabs" on Friday evening, as Jews around the world marked the Day of Atonement.


Peres: New Year is time to 'seize window of opportunity'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

Shimon Peres has highlighted the "dramatic changes" in the Middle East in the last year and expressed hope of opportunities for a better future in the new one.


Middle East peace talks in a London kitchen

By Martin Bright, August 18, 2011

Secret peace talks between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, took place in London, the JC can reveal.

The encounter was hosted over dinner by UK businessman Poju Zabludowicz at his north London home.


Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas in secret London peace talks

By Martin Bright, August 17, 2011

A secret meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, has taken place in London as part of a series of back-channel negotiations to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East, the JC can reveal.