Tag Archive for President Shimon Peres

Photo Album: Israel’s 9th President reminisced about 10 American Presidents

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 »

Talks of Israel without a president


Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has discussed in recent weeks shutting down the presidency for good, since the Prime Minister isn’t interested in any of the current candidates to replace President Shimon Peres, whose term as ends in July.

By Mati Tuchfeld


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JNF paid $500,000 for Clinton’s Speech at Peres Academic Center


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

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 »

Shimon Peres says ‘No room for racism’ in his holiday message

Israel’s President condemns all forms of extremism and discrimination, says greater emphasis should be placed on education toward tolerance.


President Shimon Peres on Saturday night, the last night of the Jewish year 5772, sent New Year’s greetings to the nation with best wishes for peace and security, stability and growth.

President Shimon Peres in holiday greeting - Photo: Screenshot

President Shimon Peres in holiday greeting – Photo: Screenshot

Disturbed by recent outbreaks of racial and religious discrimination, Peres declared that there is no room for racism or violence of any kind in the country, and condemned all forms of extremism and discrimination based on race, religion or political affiliation.

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Peres asks Obama to free Pollard

Prime Minister Netanyahu also expected to raise issue for second time in meeting with US President.


President Shimon Peres asked US President Barack Obama to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard when they met at the White House on Sunday, Peres’s office said Monday.
Jonathan Pollard
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.

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.
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