Peres & Reagan shared jokes, Nixon sent him books, & JFK grilled him on Jerusalem’s nuclear plans. Shimon Peres reflects on 50 years of his meetings with 10 U.S. presidents.
By Yitzhak Benhorin
“Kennedy wanted to know why Isser Harel resigned. He bombarded me with questions, the third or fourth question was ‘are you producing nuclear weapons? Yes or no?’ I told him that Israel wouldn’t be the first to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East.”
Live broadcast from the U.S Congress : President Peres will receive the Congressional Gold Medal and delivers remarks before members of the House and Senate
On April 1, 1963, the man who was to become an Israeli icon had his first encounter with what would be a long list of American presidents. Continue Reading »
Former US president received hefty sum for a 45-min lecture at Peres’ birthday celebration
The tab was picked up by the Jewish National Fund, Peres Academic Center.
By Ofer Petersburg
How much does a 45-minute lecture by former US President Bill Clinton cost? $500,000 is what The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has paid, one-year in advance, for the speech at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot.
Bill Clinton – Photo: AP
The event, which will be held on June 17, is part of the Israeli president’s 90th birthday celebrations.
The money for Clinton’s lecture was raised last year through the college’s supporters in cooperation with the Jewish National Fund. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Netanyahu also expected to raise issue for second time in meeting with US President.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will also raise Pollard’s fate with the US president when they meet Monday, officials in the Prime Ministers Office said.
Netanyahu officially asked Obama to commute Pollard’s life sentence to time served in January 2011. Since then, Obama has not responded.
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Pollard’s wife Esther urged Obama to respond favorably to the repeated requests for the release of her husband, who has been in prison for more than 26 years.