Outgoing President Shim'on Peres was greeted by an exhibition of rare photos and documents, Thursday, when he made a farewell visit to the Mossad intelligence agency. Some of the materials related to operations in which he had a hand during his 70 years of public service, 30 of them in the security establishment. They also included children rescued from foreign countries who ended up working for the Mossad, among the employees who participated in a book of personal greetings by the agency's employees.
Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo praised Peres for taking the initiative and not being among the majority of public figures who merely react. Thirty-eight years following the rescue of Israelis and other Jews from a hijacked Air France flight in Entebbe, Uganda, Pardo discussed Peres's involvement in that operation and another whose details cannot be disclosed. Thanking the Mossad on behalf of the people of Israel, Peres called it the best intelligence agency in the world, saying even Hollywood could not create what it had accomplished.