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MK Moses: We are thankful to Mr. Peres

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MK Menachem Eliezer Moses (United Torah Judaism) expressed his condolences over the death of former President Shimon Peres.

"United Torah Judaism mourns the passing of former President Shimon Peres. The faction is thankful to Mr. Peres for standing alongside haredi Judaism in crucial decisions and knew how to appreciate and respect the Torah scholars and sages of Israel,” he said.


Obama: Shimon Peres was a soldier for Israel

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama eulogized former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

“There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people.

“A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever. Shimon Peres was a soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves - to the very end of our time on Earth, and in the legacy that we leave to others. For the gift of his friendship and the example of his leadership, todah rabah, Shimon.”


Barak: We lost a great stateman

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak eulogized former President Shimon Peres.

“We lost a giant, a leader and a statesman of great stature. The last of the founders of the state. A man whose contribution to Israel's security, its status in the world and its desire for peace was incalculable. "His memory will enshrined in Israel's history book forever. May his memory be blessed."


U.S. to deploy anti-missile system in South Korea ASAP

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The United States plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea “as soon as possible,” a senior U.S. official said Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asia, also told a congressional hearing the United States was in discussions with international partners, including the European Union, to deny North Korea access to international banking infrastructure after its recent nuclear and missile tests.


Netanyahu and his wife express condolences over Peres's passing

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara expressed their deep personal condolences over the death of former president Shimon Peres.

Netanyahu will deliver a special message later on Wednesday morning and will convene the Cabinet for a special meeting.


MK Perry: Peres was a legend in life and in death

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MK Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid), former Shin Bet chief, eulogized former president Shimon Peres.

"Shimon Peres was a legend in life and in death. A brave leader, a visionary and a tireless activist. I stood next to him and was inspired by his struggle for peace, and his struggles for Israel's security and independence. Always firmly, directly and with tremendous originality.

“Sincere condolences to the family. May his soul be bound in the bond of life.”


Minister Levin: Peres's contribution to Israel is invaluable

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin expressed his condolences over the death of former President Shimon Peres.

"I wish to comfort and strengthen the Peres family at this difficult time. Our ninth president was an erudite person whose years-long contribution to the State of Israel is invaluable. I disagreed with him more than once but at the same time I had a great appreciation for his tremendous contribution to the State of Israel in a variety of areas. May his memory be blessed."


UJA-Federation of New York mourns Peres

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UJA-Federation of New York CEO Eric S. Goldstein issued a statement following the passing of Israel’s former Prime Minister and President, Shimon Peres.

“On behalf of the entire New York Jewish community, we deeply mourn the passing of Shimon Peres, one of the greatest Jewish leaders of our time,” he said. “President Peres was one of the extraordinary visionaries of our age, a towering Zionist hero of deep courage who devoted his life to serving and defending Israel and the Jewish people. He did so much to strengthen the US-Israel relationship and had a deep and abiding relationship with the New York Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family and with the people of Israel. May his memory be for a blessing.”


Edelstein: Peres was one of our greatest leaders

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein expressed his sorrow over the death of former President Shimon Peres.

"Israel says goodbye to the head of its family. It says goodbye to a man who saw it all, who was involved in everything and who shaped everything. Peres is the story of the Jewish people and the State of Israel, whether as a member of a family of Holocaust survivors, as an immigrant, as a farmer, a security officer and statesman.

“He was one of the biggest leaders we had in the last century, a man full of rights and a model of a proud Zionist who sought all his life to work for the benefit of the country and its citizens. He always looked for how to bring us all to better places. Peres's absence will be felt, but his fingerprints and fruits of his labor will be present here for many generations. I send a warm embrace to his family.”


Abbas urged not to dismiss Netanyahu's invitation

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Saudi Arabian-based media has appealed to Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas not to dismiss the invitation extended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for him to address the Knesset.

Netanyahu's appeal to Abbas, one of several he has made to the PA chairman, came at his speech at the UN General Assembly last week.


Herzog: Peres was one of the greatest leaders

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Zionist Union chairman Yitzhak Herzog eulogized Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93.

"Shimon Peres was one of the greatest leaders of the State of Israel. The man who from his youth and until his final days worked for the State of Israel, left us today at the age of 93.

“He was a teacher, a friend and a great leader in Israel's history who will be remembered forever. He started as an assistant and confidant of the first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and continued until he became a leader in the world, president, prime minister, foreign minister, defense minister and Labor Party leader, a man whose hand was in all that grew here. A man of great deeds who shaped the face of Israel throughout its existence.

“His contribution to Israel's security and deterrence, his resolute struggle against terrorism and the relentless pursuit of peace was a contribution that no words can describe. I knew Shimon Peres and his family since I was a child, as an adult I got to be his assistant, adviser and friend. Many more words will be spoken about Shimon, but now the sadness is too big.”


Jewish Federations of North America mourn Peres

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) issued a statement of condolences following the passing of Shimon Peres.

“Few men lived a life as Shimon Peres did and, as a generation, we’re privileged to have benefited from his inspiring dedication to the Jewish people,” said Richard Sandler, chair of JFNA’s Board of Trustees. “Peres built and nutured a deep and unique relationship with Jews everywhere; he was a man who truly recognized and appreciated the deep bonds that bind the Jewish people across the world. We were always welcome in his home, as he was in ours. Words cannot describe our feeling of loss. It is sad and the end of an era.”

“Shimon Peres was North American Jewry’s greatest ally, advocate and friend in Israel,” said Jerry Silverman, JFNA president and CEO. “It has been said that Shimon Peres will be remembered along with the great leaders of Israel who fought in the war of independence: David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin.”


Peres family to speak to the media at 7:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Peres family will at 7:00 a.m. issue a special statement to the media at the Sheba Medical Center following the death of the former president.

The family members will be joined by hospital director Professor Yitzhak Kreis.


Danon: Peres embodied the narrative of the modern State of Israel

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Israel’s Mission to the United Nations will open a Condolence Book in memory of former President Shimon Peres. Leaders and diplomats in New York will be invited to express their condolences.

Ambassador Danon expressed sorrow on the passing of the ninth president of the State of Israel and sent condolences to his family:

“Shimon Peres’s life embodied the narrative of the modern State of Israel.  From his youth in the diaspora and his emigration to Israel, to his integral fight for our independence and his tireless work on behalf of our country until his very last days. 

"Like the Zionist movement itself, Shimon Peres combined a lifetime of endless contributions to the security of the Jewish state, while never losing hope in a bettertomorrow.  We will always remember Shimon Peres for imbuing in us a never-ending sense of possibility of an even brighter future for the State of Israel.  May his memory be a blessing.”


Hotovely: Peres was a visionary

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely reacted to the death of the ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres.

"A farewell to Shimon Peres is a sad farewell to a leader who was a visionary and who always envisioned tomorrow. A leader belonging to the generation of the founders of the state who worked tirelessly for the people of Israel. Even those who disagreed with his political beliefs could not help but admire the determination and persistence in his desire for peace and the persistent renewal he demanded of himself.

“Biologically he reached a ripe old age but in his spirit he was a young man who desperately desired to change the world. The State of Israel will miss an important leader who changed the face of the country.”


Senator Cruz remembers Peres's enduring legacy

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement regarding the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres.

“Today, we remember the enduring legacy of one of Israel’s founding fathers, Shimon Peres. 

“After making Aliyah with his family in 1934, President Peres spent almost seven decades serving his country, twice as Prime Minister and as Israel’s ninth President.

“It was a privilege to meet President Peres when the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. held a reception in honor of his retirement in 2014. I remember well Ambassador Ron Dermer’s moving remarks on President Peres’ exceptional service to the Jewish state as the only Israeli President to have served as Prime Minister as well as the only Prime Minister who also held all three of Israel’s senior cabinet positions – Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, and Defense Minister. Ambassador Dermer also paid tribute to his enduring friendship with the United States, noting President Peres was one of only seven foreign nationals to receive both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was indeed a great patriot, and will be missed in both Israel and America.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and our close ally Israel. May his memory be a blessing.”


Akunis: Peres was the cornerstone of our country

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Science Minister Ofir Akunis eulogized former President Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93.

"The new immigrant who began in Alumot and became prime minister of Israel and Israel's ninth president. Shimon Peres was one of the cornerstones of our country. A senior partner at each intersection of Israeli decision-making. Eventually, the decision maker himself.

“Even though I have never been a part of the political camp that Mr. Peres headed, I appreciated him over his faith in the righteousness of his way, even when I disagreed with his views. My condolences to his family, his friends and dedicated staff who accompanied him fervently and faithfully for many years,” said Akunis.


Bennett: Peres was my education minister

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Education Minister Naftali Bennett eulogized former President Shimon Peres.

"Shimon Peres was my education minister, and I will miss him very much. Peres wrote history on his own. He was the most practical visionary, a man of security who strove for peace, a courageous leader who represented the State of Israel with pride everywhere on the globe.

"I had the privilege in recent years of meeting him many times and hearing his vision of making Israel a light unto the nations, and how to export to the world our most powerful product: the Jewish mind,” said Bennett.


Katz: Peres was an integral part of Israeli history

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz eulogized President Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93.

"Shimon Peres was an integral part of Israel's history from its founding to the present. His public activity was woven into the history of our country and greatly influenced its development in the fields of security, economy and society. We served together in the second Sharon government and despite the political disagreements I always admired his intelligence and experience and desire to do the best for the benefit of the state of Israel and all its citizens and his unique contribution to the country's security. May his memory be blessed.”


Shaked: Peres had many rights in building Israel

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked eulogized former President Shimon Peres, who die overnight Tuesday at age 93.

"The ninth president of Israel, Shimon Peres, had many rights in building the strength and security of the State of Israel. During his tenure as president he was able to connect the parts of the nation, and helped in elevating the international status of Israel among world leaders.

“Despite the fact that our political opinions were different, there is no doubt that all of his energy was devoted to the State of Israel,” said Shaked.


Shimon Peres passes away

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Israel’s ninth President and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres dies at 93 after suffering a major stroke.


FBI: New York bomber acted alone

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The suspect in the bombing this month in New York's Chelsea neighborhood appears to have acted on his own, the FBI said Tuesday, according to AFP.

"We see so far no indication of a larger cell or the threat of related attacks," FBI director James Comey was quoted as having said during a testimony at a Senate committee hearing.


'Do not take Israel for granted'

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In a message to Diaspora Jewry before the High Holidays, President Reuven Rivlin said, “do not take Israel for granted, do not forget that our destinies are tied together.”

He continued, “You hear arguments about religion, between right and left, and you see the conflict that has been forced on us with our neighbors and feel you have no voice,” and added, “I say to you, this year, come to Israel and visit, come to Israel and learn, Israel is a strong democracy, come and hear and be heard. Because we are one people, and have a duty to each other”.


Is Herzog on the way to the coalition?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Likud denied on Tuesday evening reports in the media that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had asked the heads of the parties in the coalition to opine about the possibility of the Zionist Union party, headed by MK Yitzhak Herzog, joining the coalition.

A source in the Likud said that it was one of the heads of the coalition parties who raised the issue of expanding the coalition, to which the Prime Minister replied with a question: “What do you guys think about it?”


Iran a contentious issue in first Clinton-Trump debate

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Iran nuclear deal was a key topic of contention in the first presidential debate.


UK Labour member heckled for denouncing anti-Semitism

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A senior member of Britain’s Jewish Labour movement was heckled on stage at the party's conference on Tuesday as he denounced the anti-Semitism in the party.

Mike Katz, the national vice-chair of the organization, said the lack of support for Labour among British Jews made him "weep", according to a report in The Telegraph.


Obama: Jewish role in civil rights can inspire healing

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
President Obama speaks to rabbis in a pre-High Holidays call.


Peres's conditions worsens

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The condition of former President Shimon Peres has worsened in the past hours, Channel 10 News reported.

Peres's family is expected to deliver a message to journalists later on Wednesday morning.


Kim Kardashian calls for help for Jewish cancer patient

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Kim Kardashian joins the drive to find a bone marrow donor for 31-year-old Jew in Los Angeles.


U.S. to provide $364 million in humanitarian aid to Syria

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The State Department announced on Tuesday it was providing an additional $364 million in humanitarian assistance to help Syrians caught up in the country's civil war, Reuters reported.

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne Richard said the funding would help provide food, shelter, safe drinking water, medical care and other support for millions of Syrian refugees and the communities that host them.

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