Soldiers surprise Shimon Peres on 93rd birthday

Former President Shimon Peres interrupted during speech by soldiers singing happy birthday. Peres turned 93 today.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Shimon Peres with his birthday cake
Shimon Peres with his birthday cake
Yosef Angel

During a lecture this morning, former President Shimon Peres, who turned 93 today, was interrupted for a surprise birthday celebration in front of hundreds of soldiers and officers of the Military Intelligence Research Division: the soldiers took to the stage, sang "Happy Birthday", and presented him with a cake with candles shaped like a 93 on it.

Head of Research Gen. Dror Shalom presented Peres with a gift on behalf of the IDF, a "Shofar" (a ram's horn blown by Jews on the high holidays and during war in Biblical times), on which a verse from the book of Ezekiel was inscribed: "And he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the horn to warn the people."

Shalom said: "As someone who was a key partner in building the country and its security system, this is the natural place to wish you a happy birthday. You are one of the most influential figures in national security and a great source of pride for us."

Peres emotionally thanked the soldiers and said: "I'm not so young anymore, but I see you before me and know that we can expect a bright future. I am very proud of the army and proud of its commanders. You are the best gift I could have asked for." He added with a smile: "If I could borrow some of your youth I would do it, but they have not yet invented a bank for that. I thank you".

Peres blowing out the candles
Yosef Angel
Peres is presented with the cake
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