Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres: Job Seeker

Shimon Peres' sheep herding days are over. But maybe the retired president of Israel can find work as a gas station attendant? Security guard? Comedian Shimi P?

Looking For A Job, Peres Finds His Humorous Side

10/08/2014
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The world has long known that Shimon Peres has a talent for statesmanship, having been a national leader in public service for some seven decades. Now we find out he has a sense of humor, too.

Shimon Peres in a screen shot from his grandaughter's satiric video. YouTube

What Do Shimon Peres And Eric Schmidt Have In Common?

10/02/2014
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At the Sept. 22 ADL dinner, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Google chairman Eric Schmidt were seated next to each other – and not just because both were honorees.

Mika Almog takes a selfie with Google’s Eric Schmidt. Tim Boxer/JW

They Elected Rivlin? Nu, B'Emet?

06/11/2014
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After what seemed like endless haggling, much of it public and not at all mediagenic, Israel’s Knesset has elected Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin to be the tenth President of the State of Israel.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israel’s New President, Playing Catch-Up

06/11/2014
Editorial

The office of the president of the State of Israel is largely symbolic, intended to unify the country and bring it enhanced stature. But from the outset the definition of the role, to “stand at the head of the state,” has been vague, leading critics to call for its abolishment on the grounds that it is unnecessary and costly.

Praying For Peace Like Talking To A Wall

Pope Francis should have learned in his visit last week to the West Bank and then to Jerusalem that praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is like talking to a wall. But he’s not one to give up easily, so he invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to the Vatican on June 8 to seek divine intervention.

That may be the best hope for peace, and that’s a very sad commentary. 

Knesset To Hold Presidential Election June 10

05/19/2014
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TEL AVIV — The Knesset will vote for Israel’s next president on June 10.

The Backstory Behind Netanyahu's Absence

12/13/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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The absence this week of Israel’s two leading political figures, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, at the massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa was both painful and sad.  Whether or not illness made it impossible for President Peres to attend is something we cannot know, although surely, it would not have been an easy trip for a man of Peres’ age. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

De Blasio Meets With Shimon Peres

Mayor-elect's tweet generates anti-Israel backlash online.

11/26/2013
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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Israel's president, Shimon Peres, in his Manhattan hotel Monday. De Blasio, who takes office Jan. 1, sent out a photo of the meeting Tuesday via Twitter.

"Had the honor of meeting @PresidentPeres today and discussing the close ties between New York City and Israel," de Blasio tweeted.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, with President Peres of Israel. Photo via @BilldeBlasio

Knicks' Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

08/05/2013
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Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli.

Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire meets with Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images
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