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June 23, 2012
Re "Two states for two peoples," Opinion, June 18 Israeli President Shimon Peres says the "defining moment" for his people is their exodus from Egypt "and journey to freedom in our homeland. " Similarly, he cites "the Pilgrims who sailed aboard the Mayflower" and "sought freedom in their new promised land. " Peoples define themselves by their own narratives. These two foundation myths are powerful ones for Jews and Americans. On Passover and on the Fourth of July, I myself celebrate these milestones that define my identity.
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OPINION
June 23, 2012
Re "Two states for two peoples," Opinion, June 18 Israeli President Shimon Peres says the "defining moment" for his people is their exodus from Egypt "and journey to freedom in our homeland. " Similarly, he cites "the Pilgrims who sailed aboard the Mayflower" and "sought freedom in their new promised land. " Peoples define themselves by their own narratives. These two foundation myths are powerful ones for Jews and Americans. On Passover and on the Fourth of July, I myself celebrate these milestones that define my identity.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1996
Israel's outgoing prime minister, Shimon Peres, has lost his fifth attempt to win a national election. History, however, will remember Peres as the man who, along with Yitzhak Rabin, helped lay the foundation for comprehensive peace in the Middle East. In the 1950s, Peres came to realize that Israel, facing unmitigated Arab hostility, could not forever rely on its conventional arsenal. He, therefore, promoted the nuclear option--an idea which, at the time, was unpopular in his country, but is recognized today as vital to Israel's security.
OPINION
June 18, 2012 | By Shimon Peres
The Middle East is ailing. The malady stems from pervasive violence, shortages of food, water and educational opportunities, discrimination against women and - the most virulent cause of all - the absence of freedom. There can be no peace without freedom. Economic growth is impossible without integration in the free global economy. Tragically, this simple logic eludes us in the Middle East. The young generation, which makes up most of the region's population, insists on equal rights, access to education and the jobs created by science and technology.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
Reporting from Washington -- Israeli President Shimon Peres will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this spring, President Obama announced at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington. "Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, 'slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity and freedom,'" Obama said as he announced the award. "He has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1998 | JOHN POPE
Shimon Peres, former prime minister of Israel and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will speak Feb. 22 at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach about contemporary Israeli politics and his recently released memoirs. Admission is $18; $12 for students and seniors. "This is a historic opportunity for us and for our children," Rabbi Mark S. Miller of Bat Yahm said. Peres "is one of the last links to the leadership period of the founders of modern Israel.
OPINION
September 12, 1993 | Michael Parks, Michael Parks is the Jerusalem bureau chief for The Times
With Israel and the Palestinians taking their first steps on the road toward peace, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is in a moment of glory as an architect of the historic breakthrough, but he remains quite hesitant when invited to savor it.
NEWS
April 26, 1995 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When a career politician and diplomat--and especially one whose turf is the treacherous and tumultuous Middle East--sits down to write his memoirs, we should not expect much in the way of revelation. And, in fact, we don't get many state secrets of Israel or intimate details about Shimon Peres in "Battling for Peace," an autobiography of the Israeli diplomat who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. Peres, for example, mentions his children only once, and only in a footnote on page 127. Although he gives us a brief, bittersweet look at his childhood in a shtetl in White Russia and his adolescence in Palestine, he is mostly concerned with the political and diplomatic milestones of his career, which has included lofty positions in the Labor Party and the government of Israel for nearly a half-century.
NEWS
April 29, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry agreed Sunday to jointly develop a laser weapon to defend Israel against Katyusha rockets, which Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon use to attack northern Israeli towns. The anti-Katyusha system, which Perry said should be ready for testing in Israel before the end of next year, marked an upbeat start for a three-day visit by Peres to the United States.
NEWS
December 12, 1995
Shimon Peres meets with President Clinton.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Facebook Inc. as a vehicle for social change during a visit to the social networking company's Menlo Park, Calif., campus. Peres, 88, came to Facebook on Tuesday to launch his official personal page on the site that he hopes will open a dialogue with Arabs throughout the world and to meet with Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. "The matter of peace is no longer the business of governments but the business of people," Peres told Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, in an interview streamed live on Facebook.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Facebook as a vehicle for social change during a visit to the social networking company's Menlo Park, Calif., campus. Peres, 88, came to Facebook on Tuesday to launch his official personal page on the site that he hopes will open a dialogue with Arabs throughout the world and to meet with Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. "The matter of peace is no longer the business of governments but the business of people,” Peres told Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, in an interview streamed live on Facebook . "Today the people are governing the governments.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
Reporting from Washington -- Israeli President Shimon Peres will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this spring, President Obama announced at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington. "Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, 'slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity and freedom,'" Obama said as he announced the award. "He has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings.
WORLD
June 23, 2010 | Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that his nation's policy on the Gaza Strip has not yielded the results the government expected, and he criticized municipal plans to tear down 22 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for redevelopment. But the 86-year-old former prime minister vigorously defended Israel's overall policies as vital to its security, saying international critics don't face the daily threat of terrorism. He spoke with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday in his Jerusalem office.
WORLD
October 10, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
The choice of President Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize drew mostly praise today from Israel and the West Bank, where the momentum of his peacemaking effort has stalled in recent weeks. Israeli President Shimon Peres, who shared the peace prize in 1994, sent a congratulatory message emphasizing the initial expectations of the new American president. "There are few leaders who have managed to change the atmosphere in the world in such a short time," Peres said. "Under your leadership you have begun making peace a key issue on the agenda.
WORLD
February 21, 2009 | Ashraf Khalil
Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, Friday accepted the task of forming Israel's new government and becoming the country's next prime minister. He appealed to his top rival, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, to join him in a coalition government. President Shimon Peres officially assigned Netanyahu the role of building a government despite the fact that Livni's Kadima party captured more of the popular vote in parliamentary elections this month.
OPINION
June 19, 2007
Re "Peres wins Israeli presidency," June 14 With all the accolades and congratulations being tossed around, let us not forget that Shimon Peres played a major role in the disastrous Oslo peace accords with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, resulting not only in the death and suffering of thousands of people on both sides of the conflict but the current situation in Gaza as well. MARTIN HARDSTARK North Hollywood
WORLD
June 14, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
In six decades in public life, Shimon Peres had led Israel's government three times and held nearly every senior post but never won a national election, failing so often that he was branded an "accomplished loser." On Wednesday, the country's most senior statesman finally got his due. By a vote of 86 to 23, parliament elected him over two rivals to the largely ceremonial job of president.
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