President Shimon Peres of Israel
- Israeli political figure known for pursuit of peace, democracy
- Worked on key peace agreements with Palestinians, Jordanians
- Talks of Israeli innovations in agriculture, water that can help Arab world
Born in what is present-day
He is a staunch proponent of
Throughout his career, Peres pushed for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Recent reports suggest that Peres has been in contact with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to try to encourage him to reenter peace talks with
He recently told a group of Washington-based ambassadors and senior diplomats visiting
He talked about
Peres also said that he has the highest regard for Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad. He said that a great achievement would be getting Hamas to accept the Quartet’s peace principles.
“For peace you need a majority, yet for terror you only need a minority,” Peres told the ambassadors. He was speaking about the Palestinian bid for unilateral recognition of independence at the United Nations in September, saying that a U.N. document would not necessarily change the situation on the ground.
“Will it change terror? Will it stop
Note to readers: The exact date of birth of Shimon Peres is a matter of some dispute. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, It has been given as Aug. 16, 1923, by a number of official sources and biographers, but some uncertainty remains. The Office of the President of
and Michael Bar-Zohar’s authorized biography offer the Hebrew date of Av 20, 5683, which corresponds to Aug. 2, 1923, on the Gregorian calendar. Other sources—including an earlier authorized biography by Matti Golan—have given dates ranging from Aug. 1, 1923, to Aug. 21, 1923. Peres himself has not chosen to put the matter to rest, and public celebrations of his birthday have occurred on various dates in the month of August. Israel
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