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08:21

Bennett: Last of Israel's founding fathers has left us

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
'I'll miss Peres,' says Education Minister after former President dead at 93.

08:10

Creating the next great app

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Israeli company Zemingo may be able to help you find the app of your dreams. ILTV reports.

07:56

IDF shuts down weapons factory in Hevron

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

IDF forces shut down last night a weapons manufacturing plant in Hevron.

Confiscated items were passed to security forces.



07:41

Ben Gurion Airport preparing for international visitors

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ben Gurion International Airport is making preparations for the reception of international heads of state and journalists expected to fly in for Shimon Peres' funeral. Temporary parking places have been allotted for airplanes, and preparations are underway for receiving delegations.



07:27

Obama will participate in Shimon Peres' funeral

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

US President Barack Obama is to come to Israel for the official state funeral of former President Shimon Peres.



07:22

Regev: Peres was a man of vision

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Following a period of mourning, the ministerial committee for ceremonies, headed by Culture Minister Miri Regev, convened to discuss the coordination of the official state funeral of Shimon Peres with his family.

Regev, herself, had kind words of remembrance for the former President: "[Peres] left behind a legacy of public service for the State of Israel, its security and its relations with the countries of the world. Peres was a man of vision, of great ambition and strength. I am full of admiration for the public works which he took upon himself from a young age until his death [...]"



07:12

Schools will devote study today to Peres' legacy

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Education Minister Naftali Bennett has instructed educational institutions to open today's learning with a memorial for Shimon Peres, Israel's former President who passed away last night following a serious stroke.

The institutions are to open with an assessment of Peres' contribution to the State of Israel; afterward, they are to survey the variety of public positions Peres held in his lifetime.



06:45

Rivlin cuts visit to Ukraine short

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin has cut short his official visit in Ukraine following the death of Shimon Peres.

Rivlin will return to Israel on Wednesday afternoon.



06:43

Liberman: I will miss Shimon

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman eulogized former President Shimon Peres.

"Shimon Peres, Israel's ninth president, who also served as defense minister, foreign minister, and in a variety of roles since the state's establishment, has died. Peres was really the last generation of the giants who took part in the establishment of the state and this is a sad day for the people of Israel. Although we disagreed on political issues, in recent years, especially when he was president and I was foreign minister and until recently, when I was defense minister and he was former president, we used to meet often and talks about the country's future. I will miss Shimon, both as a mainstay of this country, and as a person. "



06:43

Ahmadinejad confirms he won't run for President

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday announced he will not stand for re-election, AFP reported.

His announcement comes the day after Iranian media reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had ordered Ahmadinejad not to run in next year’s elections.



06:40

Bill and Hillary Clinton: We have lost a true and treasured friend

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, released a statement expressing condolences on the Passing of Shimon Peres.

“With the passing of Shimon Peres, Israel has lost a leader who championed its security, prosperity, and limitless possibilities from its birth to his last day on earth. The Middle East has lost a fervent advocate for peace and reconciliation and for a future where all the children of Abraham build a better tomorrow together. And Hillary and I have lost a true and treasured friend.

“I’ll never forget how happy he was 23 years ago when he signed the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn, heralding a more hopeful era in Israeli-Palestinian relations. He was a genius with a big heart who used his gifts to imagine a future of reconciliation not conflict, economic and social empowerment not anger and frustration, and a nation, a region, and a world enhanced by caring and sharing, not torn asunder by the illusions of permanent dominance and perfect truth. His critics called him a dreamer. That he was – a lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end. Thank goodness. Let those of us who loved him and love his nation keep his dream alive.”



06:33

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.



06:31

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.”



06:24

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."



06:16

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.



06:15

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.



06:09

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.”



06:03

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."



05:58

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.”



05:57

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.”



05:53

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.



05:52

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.”



05:49

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.”



05:48

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.



05:46

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.”



05:44

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.”



05:41

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.”



05:39

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.



05:37

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. He didn't watch history - he wrote it. 

"Peres was a practical visionary and peace-seeking security figure, a courageous leader. He proudly represented Israel around the globe, and cared for the future of the Jewish people with every ounce of his body and soul.

"I was fortunate to meet Peres multiple times over the past few years, and to hear his vision of a country that would be a light unto the nations; an Israel that would export to the world our greatest product: the Jewish mind.

"I was greatly moved when Peres accepted my request to join the public campaign for the study of sciences in Israel, even though we didn't always see eye-to-eye on other issues.

"At the most personal level, I will miss Shimon. May his memory be a blessing.



05:33

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.”



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