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        5/20/2012, Iyar 28, 5772

      Peres: We Miss Churchill

      President Shim'on Peres met Sunday evening with Edwina Sandys, the granddaughter of former British prime minister Winston Churchill, an internationally renowned sculptor, who is visiting Israel as a guest of the Information and Diaspora Affairs Ministry to explore a location to place a new sculpture on which she is working. Peres told Sandys, "The Jewish people owe a huge debt to your grandfather for the historical path he laid out. Our people grateful for your family."

      Sandys replied that her grandfather's political life was not easy, and the president said in this context, "Anyone who swims against the stream takes a very difficult task upon him[self] but he swam and he won. The name of Churchill is heard and remembered throughout history, and his words ring everywhere." Peres shared impressions related by David Ben-Gurion after meeting with Churchill and offered to locate an emotional letter he had written him. Sandys showed the president a book of her work and he welcomed her initiative to place her work in Israel.