Shimon Peres

Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks during a statements with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

JERUSALEM (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday — a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality […]

07/24/2014

Israel's President Shimon Peres listens during an interview with The Associated Press, at his residence in Jerusalem, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

AP INTERVIEW: Israel’s Peres defends airstrikes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that the killing of civilians by air raids on Gaza presents a moral dilemma, but argued there is scant alternative as long as the Islamic militants […]

07/15/2014

Newly elected Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, right, raises a toast with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, June, 10, 2014. Israel’s parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country’s next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into the ceremonial but largely influential post. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Israel chooses veteran hard-liner as president

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran nationalist politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country’s next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a […]

06/10/2014

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. peter's Square, at the Vatican,  Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Vatican: Israel, Palestine prayer meeting June 8

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis for an afternoon of prayer at the Vatican on June 8, the Vatican said Thursday. In a brief […]

05/29/2014

Israel President Shimon Peres (AP Photo)

Israel’s Peres calls on UN to stop Syria bloodshed

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president is calling on the United Nations to appoint the Arab League to set up a temporary government in Syria to stop the bloodshed. Shimon Peres’ comments Monday mark the highest-profile […]

08/26/2013

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Rare polio virus spreads to Israel’s north

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president is urging the country’s children to get polio boosters after a rare appearance of the virus spread to the north of the country. President Shimon Peres met with children getting […]

08/21/2013

Israel President Shimon Peres (AP Photo)

Star-studded party for Israeli president’s 90th

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and global leaders, local celebrities and Hollywood superstars celebrated under one roof Tuesday to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres for his upcoming 90th birthday, reflecting world respect for one of the […]

06/18/2013

Auschwitz Birkenau

Jewish youths march in honor of Holocaust victims

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Thousands of youths from Israel and other countries marched in silence Monday at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi death camp in Poland, to pay homage to 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust.

04/08/2013

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, lays a wreath during the annual ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yad Vashem memorial, Jerusalem, Israel. (AP Photo)

Israel honors 6 million victims of Nazi Holocaust

JERUSALEM (AP) — Among the crowds marking Israel’s annual Holocaust remembrance day at the Yad Vashem memorial Monday was a retired American Air Force colonel from San Francisco who came to honor a family he never knew.

04/08/2013

Peres: All moms want to sleep in peace | VIDEO

In an interview with CNN, Israeli President Shimon Peres vows to stop rockets from Gaza militants by any means possible.

11/12/2012

Jimmy Carter says Mideast peace is 'vanishing'

JERUSALEM (AP) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says the prospect of an Israel-Palestinian peace accord is “vanishing.” Speaking in Jerusalem Monday, Carter called the current situation catastrophic. He condemned Israel’s West Bank settlement construction […]

10/22/2012

Vandals strike Jerusalem church

JERUSALEM (AP) – Vandals scribbled anti-Christian graffiti on the outer walls of one of Jerusalem’s best-known churches early Tuesday morning, Israeli police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the perpetrators defaced a wall leading to […]

10/02/2012