Shimon Peres

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.


India Israeli embassy bomb: injured woman was on school run

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

The Israeli woman who was severely wounded in an attack on an Israeli embassy car in the Indian capital on Monday was on the way to pick up her children from school.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of an Israeli Defence Ministry and a mother of two, was in the car on Monday afternoon when it exploded. The driver was also hurt.


Peres calls for peace as Iran steps up rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Shimon Peres has called for Iran and Israel not to live as enemies even as a website linked to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime called for "the final annihilation of Israel".

The Israeli president and Nobel laureate, at a speech marking the creation of the Knesset 63 years ago, said that the two countries "were not born enemies".


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.