Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres: 88th birthday plans

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

It may be his 88th birthday on Tuesday, but Israeli President Shimon Peres will not be celebrating with a quiet day at home.

Instead, the veteran politician will attend a ceremony marking 110 years since the founding of the Kfar Tavor village in the Galilee.

He will also meet Chinese chief of staff General Chen Bingde to discuss ways to strengthen relations between Israel and China.


Peres: we must return to peace talks before September

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

The Israeli president has told a delegation of US congressman that he hoped "both sides" would return to Middle East peace talks within the next month.

Shimon Peres called for negotiations to resume "before September", when the Palestinians plan to unilaterally declare statehood at the United Nations.


Peres, Erekat in secret peace talks

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

Shimon Peres is said to be conducting secret talks with Palestinian negotiators in a bid to restart the peace process.

According to Ha'aretz the Israeli president has coordinated with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the discussions.

Mr Peres was said to have met Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, in Ramallah earlier this week and on other occasions.


He's angry, then hugging Shakira: is Peres all right?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Shimon Peres is a president for all occasions.


Tony Blair, Amos Oz and more at Presidential Conference

By Ophir Samson, June 22, 2011

Quartet envoy Tony Blair has told an audience at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem that "supporting freedom is an intervention that goes with the grain of human progress".


Middle East peace deal 'urgent'

June 20, 2011

Israel's president Shimon Peres has called for an "urgent" return to peace talks with the Palestinians, and warned that time is running out.

He told the US news channel that both sides had reached a stalemate. "Neither side has much time. We have to act dynamically.""


Whenever, Wherever: Shakira to meet Peres in israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is to take part in a meeting with a Colombian representative next week – the pop star Shakira.

The singer will join Nobel Prize winners, politicians, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and US comedian Sarah Silverman at the annual Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.


Peres: peace process 'about to crash into the wall'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israel's president has warned of the dangers of "foot-dragging" when it comes to peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Shimon Peres said he was concerned by the stalemate situation and feared that Israel would become a binational state.


Peres to Palestinians: UN declaration would be an illusion

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

Shimon Peres has described Palestinian plans to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN as "an illusion".

The Israeli President told the Associated Press that it could be possible to conclude an agreement with the Palestinians" before September. But even if that did not happen, he said such a move would be meaningless.

"It will remain on paper and it will raise false hopes," he said.


Sarah Silverman ready to shock Israeli audience

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman is to bring her unique humour to Israeli audiences.

The controversial US star, who last year released her memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, will perform a night of stand-up comedy in Tel Aviv later this month.