Shimon Peres

Martin Amis: 'UK is a little antisemitic'

By Jessica Elgot, November 26, 2010

Novelist Martin Amis has called the UK and the West “a little antisemitic” which expects “higher moral standards from Israel than its neighbours.”

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the London Fields author said: “If you bring up Israel in a public meeting in England, the whole atmosphere changes. The standard left-wing person never feels more comfortable than when attacking Israel. Because they are the only foreigners you can attack.

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Shimon Peres: peace in Middle East 'tangible'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

Shimon Peres has expressed his hope that the New Year will lead to the signing of a historic peace treaty and bring “tranquility, prosperity and security” to the Middle East.

In a Rosh Hashanah message the Israeli president referred to the Washington-sponsored peace talks and said that this year hopes for peace in the region appear “tangible”

Addressing global Jewry, Mr Peres said that more young Jewish people should visit Israel.

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Peres, Netanyahu call for direct peace talks

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2010

Israel’s president and prime minister have both expressed hopes that peace talks will soon restart with the Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu told the United States Middle East envoy George Mitchell that it was time “to get on with it”.

Mr Netanyahu said: "Shall we get on with it? That's my whole message...what I've been saying for a year and a half.”

Mr Mitchell was in Israel to press for face-to-face peace negotiations, which have been on hold since before the Gaza incursion of January 2007.

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TalkSPORT Shimon Peres slip up

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

Listeners to a late-night radio phone-in got a shock when a man introduced as a Zionist Federation spokesman announced he could not discuss Shimon Peres's comments on British antisemitism because he was eating a toasted sandwich.

The imposter, pretending to be former ZF public affairs director Gavin Gross, failed to answer any questions about Mr Peres's remarks, saying he was too busy eating.

TalkSPORT presenter Adrian Goldberg, not realising he had been hoaxed, said the man's comments were "absolutely, utterly disgraceful" during Sunday's show.

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Shimon Peres: UK not antisemitic

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

Shimon Peres has said that an interview in which he was seen to accuse British people of antisemitism was misunderstood.

The Israeli president has defended his comments and said that he believed that “relations between Britain and Israel are of the greatest importance.”

The normally doveish Nobel Peace Prize recipient, 87, was quoted in an interview as saying: “in England there has always been something deeply pro-Arab, of course, not among all Englishmen, and anti-Israeli, in the establishment".

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Korea university 'did not cancel Peres visit'

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

Israel’s President Shimon Peres has been forced to issue a statement denying reports that Korea University had revoked an honorary degree, and said that the ceremony had been cancelled by Mr Peres himself.

President Peres, who has made a working visit to South Korea, denied the AFP report which said Korea University cancelled a speech by the president, where he was to be given an honorary degree.

The President said it was “unequivocally” false and that the President Peres had cancelled the visit eight days earlier to attend a conference for Korean and Israeli businessmen.

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Israeli pioneer dies at 88

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2010

One of the founders of Israel’s Labour party, who was a key figure in the development of the Jewish state, has died at the age of 88.

Israeli politicians have paid tribute to statesman and writer Arie “Lova” Eliav, who served in five different Knessets and was instrumental in settling new immigrants into Israel.

Born in Moscow, he moved to Israel as a child and at 15 joined the pre-state Hagana. After fighting for the British Army in the Second World War, he was a key figure in bringing immigrants to Israel in the run up to independence.

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Peres denies South Africa nuclear offer

May 27, 2010

The author of a new book on the relationship between Israel and South Africa has accused Israeli President Shimon Peres of evading the question of whether he offered to sell nuclear weapons to the apartheid regime in the 1970s.

"If Peres denies he made such an offer, perhaps he would like to explain exactly what he did discuss at these meetings," said American academic Sasha Polakow-Suransky, author of The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's secret alliance with apartheid South Africa, published this week in the US.

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Peres denies offering South Africa nuclear weapons

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2010

The Israeli president has slammed The Guardian newspaper for its claim that Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons in the 1970s.

Shimon Peres said the allegations had no basis in reality and demanded a correction after the newspaper accused Israel of holding secret negotiations with South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, in March 1975.

The newspaper said an American academic had uncovered secret documents showing that as Israel’s defence minister, Mr Peres had offered three sizes of warheads to the apartheid regime.

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President Peres is turning against Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 11, 2010

Two or three times a day, Shimon Peres stands in the President's mansion, receiving groups of blushing beauty queens, farmers and international parliamentarians. Each group gets its share of smiles, joint photographs and the standard joke, always some reference to the great man's age.

In the absence of a royal family, only the 86-year-old mega-statesman can lend grandeur to the informality of Israeli official events.

But no one ever expected him to be just a figurehead. The man eternally branded by Yitzhak Rabin as "a tireless schemer" could not stop playing politics even if he tried.

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