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  • Peres: Israel will punish terrorists ‘with a firm hand’ [Israel's President]

    06/30/2014 12:45:20 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, June 30, 2014 | Marissa Newman
    President Shimon Peres said the Israeli security crackdown will persist in its efforts to combat terror. “Alongside the heavy mourning, we will remain determined to punish the villainous terrorists with a firm hand,” he said. “Our war on terror will only grow, and will not be weakened, such that this murderous terror will not dare raise its head.” The president also offered his deepest condolences to the families and praised them for “devotedly raising their children.” “The kidnapping and murder of innocent youths in the dead of the night is a heinous and unforgivable crime,” opposition leader and Labor Party...
  • Rivlin Thanks His Supporters

    06/10/2014 4:35:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/6/14 | Shlomo Pitrikosky
    ..... Hours after being elected president, MK Reuven Rivlin published a personal post on his Facebook page, in which he thanked the MKs who voted for him. "I want to thank you. Those who voted for me - for placing your confidence in me and those who didn’t vote for me - for placing their confidence in me in the future,” he wrote. “I hope to have the strength to fulfill the mission in a way that will meet the expectations of my supporters and a dispel the concerns of those who were opposed to me,” continued Rivlin. “I thank...
  • Pope Francis leads Catholic Church in pro-Jewish direction

    06/09/2014 5:07:40 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/08/2014 | PADDY MONAGHAN
    I strongly disagree with Caroline Glick’s conclusion in her May 27 article that Pope Francis “is leading the Catholic Church in a distressingly anti-Jewish direction.” I can understand Caroline’s distress at some of the pope’s actions and words but it is important to have balance and not draw wrong conclusions. Pope Francis is totally committed to reconciliation between the Church and Israel. I would like to demonstrate this under five headings: 1. State of Israel Pope Francis in his first Encyclical in November 2013 affirmed God’s everlasting covenant with the Jews: “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because...
  • Prayer for Peace on June 8th: Bartholomew will be there too

    06/04/2014 3:29:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | June 4, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Ecumenical Patriarch has accepted the invitation extended by Pope Francis and will be in the Vatican with Presidents Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres (©LAPRESSE) FRANCIS WITH BARTHOLOMEW IN JERUSALEM At the encounter to pray for peace in the Holy Land, called by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday, June 8th there will be also the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew.   Vatican Insider received this confirmation from authoritative sources of the patriarchy. The decision will be made ​​official most likely tomorrow, after the meeting of the synod during which the patriarch will present the initiative.  It was Pope Francis...
  • Peres, Abbas accept papal invitation to pray for peace at Vatican

    05/27/2014 11:41:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    jpost ^ | 05/25/2014 | TOVAH LAZAROFF, JEREMY SHARON, GREER FAY CASHMAN
    President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately accepted a surprise invitation by Pope Francis in Bethlehem on Sunday to join him at the Vatican to pray for peace. He issued his call on the second day of his Middle East trip, in the midst of a large public Mass he celebrated in Manger Square, the site of Jesus’s birth. “Here, at the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace. I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this...
  • Peres Reveals: I Reached an Agreement With Abbas 3 Years Ago

    05/06/2014 3:22:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/5/14 | Ido ben Porat and Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres revealed on Monday that three years ago he reached a peace agreement with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Speaking to Channel 2 News in a special interview on the occasion of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), Peres said that his contacts with Abbas were made on behalf of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but that at the last minute, Netanyahu changed his mind and the agreement fell through. .....
  • Peres: Abbas is Serious About Peace

    02/17/2014 10:49:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/14 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres on Monday hailed remarks by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the issue of the “Palestinian refugees”, AFP reported. Peres, who said Abbas’s comments showed his "seriousness about reaching peace", was referring to what Abbas said during a meeting Sunday with more than 300 Israeli university students at his Ramallah headquarters. At the meeting, the PA chief told the students said he did not want to "flood Israel" with so-called “Palestinian refugees” and that there was no need to "re-divide" Jerusalem. "I was happy to hear him," Peres's office quoted him as saying at the start of...
  • Biden: Seize the Moment, Make Peace

    01/13/2014 4:40:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday urged Israel to seize this moment in history to make peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA), AFP reported. Biden’s comments were made in a meeting with President Shimon Peres, hours after both paid their last respects to former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who was buried on Monday. The meeting focused on the U.S.-led direct peace talks between the sides, which resumed in July. "The one place (in the region) where there's a possibility for an island of stability ... is between the Palestinian people and the Israeli people, in two secure states...
  • President Peres Warns Hamas over Escalation

    12/24/2013 12:10:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/13
    President Shimon Peres addressed the escalation in the south on Tuesday evening. "If Gaza wants peace and quiet they had better act accordingly...."
  • Peres Thanks Bus Driver and Passenger for their Alertness

    12/22/2013 7:46:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/12/13 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres on Sunday evening phoned and thanked bus driver Michael Yoger and passenger David Papo, whose actions saved lives in the explosion on the 240 bus in Bat Yam earlier in the day. Peres asked to hear the details of the event and thanked Yoger and Papo for their actions in discovering the device and clearing the passengers from the bus, saving lives in the process. The explosion took place shortly after passengers noticed a suspicious object and reported it to the driver, who quickly removed all passengers from the bus. .....
  • Kerry meeting with Netanyahu, Peres postponed due to snow

    12/14/2013 3:33:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/12/13 | Herb Keinon & Gil Hoffman
    US Secretary of State John Kerry's scheduled meeting with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday has been postponed due to the snowstorm which hit the capital, American sources told The Jerusalem Post. Kerry, who is due to arrive on Thursday, is still expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. .....
  • Netanyahu, Peres mourn the loss of Mandela, 'a freedom fighter who opposed violence'

    12/06/2013 10:17:17 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/6/2013 | Jpost.com staff
    Israeli leaders mourned the loss of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday evening. Mandela was "the father of his nation, a man of vision, a freedom fighter who opposed violence," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page late Thursday night. "He posed as a personal example to his people in the many years he spent in jail, and never became haughty," Netanyahu wrote. "He worked to heal the tears in South African society and succeeded with his personality to prevent outbreaks of racial hatred." "He will be remembered as the father of the new...
  • Analyst: Peres will Stay if Netanyahu Arranges It

    12/01/2013 10:37:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/13
    Commentator Shalom Yerushalmi wrote, Monday in Ma'ariv, that senior politicians feel that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arranges another presidential term for Shim'on Peres, Peres won' leave the Presidential Residence, despite his declaration, Sunday, that he is not interested in staying. ...Netanyahu is concerned that Peres would run for Knesset and could defeat him because there no leadership figure of Peres's stature has emerged since him in the center or the left.
  • PM headed to Rome for meetings with pope, John Kerry (Netanyahu - Israel)

    10/16/2013 7:27:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 16, 2013, 9:45 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Pope Francis and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Italy next week. Netanyahu will meet Francis in the Vatican Wednesday, ahead of the pontiff’s expected visit to Israel next year. In Rome, the prime minister will meet with Kerry to discuss the current nuclear negotiations between six world powers on Iran, and the peace process with the Palestinians, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The first round of renewed nuclear negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic concluded Wednesday with cautious optimism from both sides....
  • Peres Protests European Resolution on Circumcision

    10/07/2013 11:30:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    arutz Sheva ^ | 8/10/13
    <p>President Shim'on Peres sent a letter to Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland of the Council of Europe, Monday, urging the council to reconsider its recent decision against circumcision.</p>
  • Kerry Extends Diplomacy – Possible Sign of Progress

    06/29/2013 4:15:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/13
    US Secretary of State John Kerry extended for a third day on Saturday his shuttle diplomacy between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, raising speculation of progress in reviving long dormant "peace talks." In a sign of Kerry's desire to keep negotiating, AFP reported, he paid a rare visit to Jerusalem during Shabbat – the sabbath day. Kerry arrived just before sundown to see Peres, with aides warning that the two would have been obliged to cancel a photo opportunity after the sabbath began at around 7:15 pm. Peres, realising that they were cutting it close, quipped that the sabbath began at...
  • Robert DeNiro and Peres Talk About Iran

    06/19/2013 9:36:24 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 5 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | June 18th, 2013 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    American actor Robert De Niro landed in Israel with his son Tuesday morning for a 24-visit, highlighted by his appearance at this evening’s birthday bash for President Shimon Peres, who turns 9o on August 2. DeNiro, who is not Jewish, met with the president at his Jerusalem home, and among other topics, they spoke about the Iranian nuclear threat. The president also related to the actor and his 17-year-old son the modern history of the re-establishment of the State of Israel and the country’s relations in the Middle East. The prize-winning actor said he brought is 17-year-old son with to...
  • Happy birthday, Mr. President (Peres/Israel - Left love-fest/Barf Alert)

    06/18/2013 5:45:07 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 19, 2013, 2:21 am | Jessica Steinberg
    It was a love fest at Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday party Tuesday night, as world leaders, beloved performers and regular folk spoke, sang, and sent their messages of love and affection for the president, former prime minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Peres sat flanked by former US president Bill Clinton and Jewish stage diva Barbra Streisand on his right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on his left. Behind them was an auditorium full of who’s who in Israel and abroad, from actors Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone, Prince Albert of Monaco and Chicago mayor...
  • Peres Willing to Negotiate with Iran

    06/18/2013 2:46:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/13
    Tehran Times reports....President Shimon Peres. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Telegraph in an interview published on Tuesday, adds Tehran Times, Peres said Israel has no natural antipathy towards Iran. Asked if Iran and Israel could ever have direct negotiations with each other, he replied, “Why not? The citizens of Iran are not our enemies.” President Peres is considered a global visionary of peace.
  • Francis could organise peace meeting between world’s three major religions, in Rome (5-29-2013)

    06/17/2013 6:13:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 23 replies
    Vatican Insider - LaStampa ^ | 05/29/2013 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    Israeli government sources claim Francis is apparently thinking of calling a meeting between leaders and faithful of the world’s three biggest monotheistic religions, in Rome, to launch a message of peace, countering violence and the use of God’s name to justify hatred and terrorist acts. The sources say the Pope announced his intention to call a meeting, during an Audience last 30 April. But there was no mention of this in the communiqué the Holy See’s issued after the Audience. President Peres “told the Pope that there are people who use God’s name to justify terrorism” and religious leaders should...
  • Bill Clinton: No alternative to two-state solution (Israel)

    06/17/2013 5:21:01 PM PDT · by haffast · 15 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 17, 2013, 10:28 pm | Times of Israel staff
    Former US president Bill Clinton on Monday night urged Israel to work toward a two-state solution with the Palestinians, saying that he had never heard a credible alternative that would enable Israel to remain a Jewish and a democratic state. “No matter how many settlers you put out there [in the West Bank], the Palestinians are having more babies than the Israelis as a whole,” Clinton said, and thus demographics were working against Israel. Clinton was answering questions after a speech at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot in honor of President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday celebrations, which continue Tuesday...
  • Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian economic plan

    05/26/2013 3:51:06 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    the Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/26/2013 | By TOVAH LAZAROFF
    DEAD SEA, Jordan – US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a $4 billion economic plan to revitalize the Palestinian economy, as he called on Israelis and Palestinians to forgive past wrongs and return to the negotiating table. “The plan for the Palestinian economy is bigger and bolder and more ambitious than anything proposed since Oslo more than 20 years ago,” said Kerry as he spoke at the closing session of the World Economic Forum by the Dead Sea in Jordan.
  • Kerry unveils US$4b Palestinian investment plan

    05/26/2013 3:57:54 PM PDT · by haffast · 51 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 May 2013 4:45 AM | AFP/ac
    AL SHUNAH, Jordan: US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people. As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to negotiate a peace deal, Kerry said it was also imperative to create jobs and meet the hopes of young people for a better economic future. He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries...
  • Peres: Obama Will Attack Iran if Diplomacy Fails

    04/13/2013 2:00:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/4/13 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres said that he believes that U.S. President Barack Obama will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomatic efforts fail. "I have no doubt that if diplomatic talks fail with Iran and Tehran doesn't stop accelerating its nuclear development – U.S. President Barack Obama will conduct a military attack against Iran," Peres told the Israel Hayom newspaper this week, in an interview ahead of Israel’s 65th Independence Day next week. "Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon isn't only an Israeli interest, but a global and an American interest. As long as the U.S. is in the lead —...
  • Peres in EU: Still Holding Out Hope for Peace

    03/06/2013 4:41:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/3/13 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres held out hopes Wednesday of seeing the Middle East draw inspiration from the European Union by one day turning a region long at war into one at peace. Praising Europe for overcoming 1,000 years of conflict in six short decades as he visited EU headquarters, Peres said, "You have the gift of a united hope even if you have a divided economic situation." "I hope the time will come when the Middle East will become a peaceful united region like you," he added. Peres, on an eight-day tour to Brussels, Paris and Strasbourg, said he believed there...
  • Israel to award Obama prestigious medal in visit

    02/18/2013 7:37:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 10:16 AM EST
    Israel will award President Barack Obama the country’s Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his “unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.” …
  • Obama's award is from Peres and not from the people of Israel

    02/22/2013 4:37:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/22/13 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I'm getting a lot of email asking me how Israel could be awarding its 'highest civilian honor' to the most anti-Israel President of the United States ever, Barack Hussein Obama. Here's some fairly typical coverage from Fox News. Israel will award President Barack Obama the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres' office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his "unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens." Obama is scheduled to visit Israel in March -- his first as president. Obama has often...
  • Kerry, Not Wasting Time, Calls Peres, Abbas

    02/03/2013 11:35:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    inn ^ | 2/3/13 | David Lev
    Newly-installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry isn't wasting any time in getting started on his new job. After two full days in office, Kerry spoke to officials in Mexico, Canada, Israel, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), his office said Sunday. On Sunday, Kerry called PA chief Mahmoud Abbas. According to an Abbas spokesperson, Kerry told the PA chief that he expected to meet him in the near future in order to discuss restarting negotiations with Israel. Kerry told Abbas that President Barack H. Obama supported such talks, and that he hoped both sides would agree to participate. In...
  • Edelstein: Peres Comments Hurt Public Diplomacy Efforts

    12/31/2012 3:54:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/13 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres's comments that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a partner for peace hurt Israel's public diplomacy efforts, Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said on Monday. Edelstein told Arutz Sheva that it is now clear that the Oslo Accords were a nightmare, adding that the focus of the storm around Peres's comments should not be whether the president should express a personal opinion during an election period but rather how his remarks affect Israel's public diplomacy. "We spit blood while the Palestinians - sometimes successfully - try to convince leaders in Europe and North America that...
  • Iran Is Out of Its Mind, Says Peres

    11/20/2012 12:43:40 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Israel's President Shimon Peres accused Iran of encouraging the Palestinians to continue rocket attacks on Israel rather than negotiating a ceasefire, saying "they are out of their mind." At the same time, Peres praised Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi for the constructive role he has played in the intensifying crisis. "The unpleasant one is the Iranians. They are trying again to encourage the Hamas to continue the shooting, the bombing, they trying to send them arms," Peres said in interview on CNN. "They are out of their mind," he said. The President said Israel had no choice but to wage its...
  • Peres: Abbas' Statement is Courageous

    11/03/2012 12:20:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    President Shimon Peres on Saturday saluted as "courageous" remarks by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in which he appears to relinquish the demand for a "right to return" of PA Arabs to their former homes in what is now Israel. "Abu Mazen's courageous words prove that Israel has a real partner for peace," Peres said in a statement, referring to Abbas by his "kunya" name. .....
  • Egyptian Skeptics Silenced: Morsi's Letter was no Fake

    10/18/2012 3:59:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/12 | Annie Lubin
    A letter from the desk of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is sparking controversy in Egypt leaving people in disbelief that the Muslim Brotherhood leader had actually referred to the Israeli president as a "great friend." Yet skeptical Egyptians who have called the letter a "Zionist fabrication" have now been silenced, as a spokesman for Morsi confirmed on Thursday the authenticity of the letter, which was given to Shimon Peres by Atef Salem, Egypt's ambassador to Israel, on Wednesday at an official ceremony in the president's residence. The contents of the letter, which were leaked to the press, caused an uproar...
  • Peres says Israel can't go it alone in Iran, trusts Obama

    08/16/2012 10:30:28 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | August. 16, 2012 | Jeffrey Heller
    (Reuters) - Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday came out against any go-it-alone Israeli attack on Iran, saying he trusted U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons. "I am convinced this is an American interest. I am convinced (President Obama) recognizes the American interest and he isn't saying this just to keep us happy. I have no doubt about it, after having had talks with him," Peres told Israel's Channel Two television. "Now, it's clear to us that we can't do it alone. We can delay (Iran's nuclear program). It's clear to us we have...
  • Peres Under Attack for Undermining Leadership

    08/16/2012 4:33:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    President Shimon Peres is under attack for undercutting the elected government's stance on the Iranian threat. Besides stating a position that runs counter to the Prime Minister's in a television interview, he is also reported to have accused Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in closed conversations, of "terrible irresponsibility" in the Iranian matter. "The honorable president has apparently also been sucked into this unnecessary argument that is damaging for the state of Israel," said MK Moshe Matalon of Yisrael Beytenu. "As a former prime minister and defense minister, and a person who was privy to spectacular operations that were...
  • Egypt Denies Morsi Sent a Letter to Peres

    07/31/2012 4:46:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Egypt denied on Tuesday evening the reports that President Mohammed Morsi had sent a letter to Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres. Dr. Yasser Ali, Morsi’s official spokesman, denied the reports which appeared in the Israeli press and which said that Morsi thanked the Israeli president for his Ramadan greetings and said he is looking forward to Egypt helping to get the peace process “back to its right track.” However, according to a report on the website of the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Ali described these reports as completely incorrect and stressed that Morsi did not send any letter to Peres. Another report...
  • Peres: 'Ben-Guron Was Religious'

    07/23/2012 2:45:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/7/12
    At a panel discussing the life of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, President Shimon Peres said Monday that Ben-Gurion was a “religious Jew.” Peres said that Ben-Gurion “did not fight against the religious, but against the attempt to turn religion into a bureaucracy. Ben-Gurion saw himself as a religious mam. He was the greatest diplomat of them all, and he had a prophetic vision. “He did not make a mistake in anything...
  • Dayan Refutes Peres: Clear Jewish Majority

    07/11/2012 1:55:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/12
    Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council, spoke to IDF Radio on Wednesday morning and refuted statements made by President Shimon Peres the night before. “There is a solid Jewish majority west of the Jordan that is not dropping despite all the negative prophecies,” he said, responding to Peres’s claim that Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria endangers Israel’s Jewish majority. Population counts aside, “whether Israel will continue to be Jewish or not is not a matter of counting heads,” Dayan said. “What will keep us Jewish is the connection to Jewish tradition, to history and to...
  • Peres Sends Message of Peace to Iran

    02/08/2012 4:51:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/12 | Chana Yaar
    President Shimon Peres reached out to the Iranian people Wednesday evening, saying “there is no need for us to live as enemies.” In a special address to the Knesset marking its 63rd anniversary, Peres spoke about the peace process with the Palestinian Authority, but also talked about the Iranian nuclear threat. In direct remarks to the Iranian people, the Israeli president said, “We were not born enemies, and there is no need for us to live as enemies. Do not allow the flags of hostility to cast a dark shadow on your heritage. You are a sensitive people that aspire...
  • Peres' Bodyguards Fend Off Three Arabs

    02/05/2012 1:06:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/2/12 | Gil Ronen
    President Shimon Peres' bodyguards were involved in an altercation with three Arabs Sunday evening, Channel 2 television reported. The reason for the fight is not yet clear. The incident reportedly took place outside Peres' temporary residence at Kfar David (Mamila) in Jerusalem. The president had to leave his permanent residence about six weeks ago, because of damage caused by flooding due to heavy rains. .....
  • Peres: Signing Pardons Does Not Mean I Forgive

    10/15/2011 1:09:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/11 | Gil Ronen
    Attorney Ami Palmor, Head of Pardons Department in the Justice Ministry, arrived at the President's Residence Saturday evening and delivered the files concerning the terrorists that are to be pardoned in the first part of the Shalit deal. Peres will attach a letter to the pardons, as he did when he pardoned child-murderer Samir Kuntar in the Regev-Goldwasser deal in 2008. At the time, Peres wrote: "I used the authority to grant pardons for the release of abducted prisoners Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. My decision does not denote any forgiveness for the murderers for their heinous acts. I do...
  • Report: Peres holds Secret Meeting with Abbas

    05/27/2011 2:00:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/5/11 | Maayana Miskin
    President Shimon Peres held a clandestine meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas recently in London, Maariv reported Friday. According to the report, the two continue to exchange telephone calls and messages, and their close associates have held discussions as well. Peres took the official position of refusing to respond to “rumors.” However, a close associate of the president quoted in the report expressed upset that the Peres-Abbas connection would be revealed. “President Peres is the last Israeli who continues to enjoy a direct channel to the Palestinians, and it is highly unfortunate that this channel will be sealed due...
  • Mossad behind "Artic Sea" hijacking says Russian press

    08/22/2009 3:37:02 PM PDT · by drzz · 54 replies · 5,610+ views
    Indian press agency ^ | 08 23 2009 | drzz
    Moscow, Aug 21 (DPA) A Russian newspaper claimed Friday that suspected pirates who boarded the freighter Arctic Sea were actually agents of the Israeli secret service trying to stop it from smuggling arms into Iran. According to Russian media, the Arctic Sea may have been carrying illegal X-55 cruise missiles destined for Iran hidden among its cargo of lumber. Men acting on behalf of the Israeli Mossad secret service commandeered the ship to divert the weapons away from Israel's regional enemy, the daily Novaya Gazeta said. Citing Moscow publicist Yulia Latynina, the daily pointed to the surprise visit of Israeli...
  • Shimon Peres was wrong: if anything, Britain has the strongest philo-Semitic tradition in Europe

    08/02/2010 11:44:11 PM PDT · by propertius · 117 replies · 18+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | Aug 2, 2010 | Daniel Hannan
    I’m glad Shimon Peres has retracted his claim that the British Establishment is motivated by anti-Semitism. It was a silly and unpresidential thing to say and, more to the point, it was inaccurate. No doubt it can be frustrating to deal with FCO mandarins; but, wrong as our officials are about most things, they are rarely anti-Semitic. It’s true that our diplomats tend to emphasise Britain’s relations with its former Arab protectorates, notably Jordan and the Gulf monarchies. Nothing wrong with that, of course, though you can see why it makes some Israelis uneasy. It’s true, too, that many FCO...
  • IHH's Deep, Longstanding Terror Ties

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • Peres: We seek peace, but know how to defend ourselves

    04/18/2010 1:37:25 PM PDT · by Michel12 · 7 replies · 433+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18/04/2010 | Jerusalem Post
    Israel plans to establish a national war monument in Jerusalem to honor the memory of the 22,684 soldiers and security personnel who have fallen defending the land of Israel since 1860 – the year the first Jews left Jerusalem’s Old City walls to settle other parts of the country. On Sunday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced plans to erect the new monument, during a ceremony at its future location on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. “As a society we owe a great moral debt to bereaved families,” Barak said. “In its 62 years of independence this country has stood before complicated...
  • Scuds For Hezbollah

    04/14/2010 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 738+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 15, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Mideast: Israeli officials charge Syria with transferring ballistic missiles to the control of Iran's puppet militia, Hezbollah. It seems that another attempt to woo and appease a hostile power is not working. Last November we commented on reports in the Arab media in the Persian Gulf that Syria, apparently at the request of Iran, had turned about 300 long-range ballistic missiles over to Hezbollah control in Syrian territory. Hezbollah personnel were being trained to operate the Scuds. On Tuesday, Israeli President Shimon Peres confirmed these reports, publicly charging Syrian President Bashar Assad's government with transferring Scud missiles to the control...
  • Biden to Peres: Iran isolated more than ever before

    03/09/2010 5:10:11 AM PST · by myknowledge · 10 replies · 72+ views
    YnetNews ^ | March 9, 2010 | Ronen Medzini
    Visiting US Vice President Joe Biden began his round of talks with senior Israeli officials on Tuesday at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. Biden told President Shimon Peres that the Iranian regime is isolated more than ever before, both domestically and internationally, adding that the Iranian people are imposing what he called moral sanctions against it. The Israeli president said imposing moral sanctions on Iran, including its expulsion from the UN, were no less important than taking economic measures. According to Peres, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be a UN member and at the same time call for Israel's annihilation...
  • Peres struck deal against Iran

    09/21/2009 7:00:28 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 6 replies · 592+ views
    upi via email, no link | 9/21/9
    JERUSALEM, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres reportedly proposed last month to persuade the United States to not install a missile system in Europe. A report in Maariv Monday said Peres made the proposal to garner Russian support for sanctions against Iran, Peres discussed the matter during a two-day visit to Russia. The newspaper said Peres promised to use Israel's influence in Washington to abort erecting the U.S. missile shield in Poland and Czechoslovakia, in exchange for Russia's support to impose sanctions on Iran and reconsider the delivery of S-300 missile defense systems to the Islamic Republic. Peres...
  • Peres: Obama to mediate PM-Abbas talks

    08/31/2009 12:48:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 373+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/31/09 | staff
    US President Barack Obama is expected to moderate a September meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, President Shimon Peres said in an interview with Fox News Monday. Peres told the TV network that the two leaders would be meeting at the United Nations.
  • Hezbollah 'has 80,000 rockets'

    08/25/2009 12:37:40 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 1,913+ views
    Space War ^ | 8/24/2009 | UPI
    Israeli President Shimon Peres claims that Lebanon's Hezbollah now has an arsenal of 80,000 rockets to bombard Israel -- double the previous estimate by Israeli intelligence and almost four times the number the Iranian-backed militants possessed during their 2006 war with the Jewish state. Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh has dismissed as "lies" the claim made by Peres in an interview with the Kuwait daily Al-Rai published Sunday. "I don't know how he counted these rockets." But the Israeli leader's claim has fuelled regional fears that a new conflict between Hezbollah and Israel is brewing. There has been no independent...