Shimon Peres: Gabi Ashkenazi One Of The Best Chiefs Of Staff Ever

Gabi Ashkenazi

 

Feb 7 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Israeli President Shimon Peres hosted at his Jerusalem residence Monday morning the IDF’s senior command.

At the meeting he told outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, “I was privileged to meet all 18 Chiefs of Staff before you. It took me a long time, but now, unlike you youngsters, I can do a real comparison between them. Your contribution to Israel’s security is unique and superb. You were one of the best Chiefs of Staff Israel ever had.”  (*)

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Israeli President Shimon Peres Bids Farewell To Outgoing IDF Chief Gabi Ashkenazi

FILE : Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, and military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, center, watch a soldier light the menorah on the fourth eve of Hanukkah, in an army base near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, Monday Dec. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov

Feb 7 (KATAKAMI.COM / YNET) — President Shimon Peres, who is hosting the IDF General Staff in his home, complimented the outgoing IDF chief, Major General Gabi Ashkenazi, saying that “I had no doubt that I would get to see him as the chief of staff, as I have seen in him a daring but reasonable man… all the magic of Golani is on his shoulders.

“The chief of staff is morally obligated to the mothers of the sons which he commands, and is under the authority of the elected officials. The IDF chief of staff is under the civil authority, but he is also its chief advisor,” the president said.  (*)

 

Shimon Peres : ‘Mubarak’s contribution to peace won’t be forgotten’


 

Israeli President Shimon Peres warns against the possibility that Muslim Brotherhood would take power in Egypt without addressing the countrys problems (Photo : The Telegraph)

Feb 6 (KATAKAMI.COM / JPOST) — Israels President Shimon Peres said Saturday that Egypts embattled leader, Hosni Mubarak, will always be remembered forpreserving three decades of peace between the two nations.

Israel is deeply worried about the prospect that Mubarak could be forced tostep down by the unprecedented street protests in Egypt and that a lessfriendly government will emerge. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warnedthat any new government must maintain their 1979 peace deal — Israels firstwith an Arab nation.

On Saturday, President Shimon Peres delivered an impassioned defense ofMubarak, crediting him with saving both Arab and Israeli lives by preventingwar in the Middle East.

“His contribution to peace, as far as Im concerned, will never beforgotten,” Peres said in an address to hundreds of visiting members ofthe European Parliament.

During the three decades Mubarak has been in power, he has consistentlyenforced the peace treaty signed by his predecessor, and he has mediatedbetween Israel and the Palestinians.

Peres warned against the possibilitythat Mubaraks ouster would bring the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypts bestorganized opposition movement, to power, saying the fundamentalist group won bring peace.

“Wee very worried about having a change in government or a change in thesystem of elections without introducing a change in the reasons that broughtthis explosion, this bitterness,” Peres said.

He appealed for foreign investment to bring technology, development andopenness to Egypt.  (*)

 

 

 

Shimon Peres on Egypt: Learn from Gaza

Israeli President Shimon Peres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference in his resdency on February 01, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. Merkel has travelled to Israel with members of her cabinet in order to conduct joint government cabinet meetings with their Israeli counterparts. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

President reminds German chancellor that Hamas rose to power following democratic elections in Gaza, says ‘we must ensure that human rights are guaranteed in a real democracy’

Feb 01 (KATAKAMI.COM / YNET) — President Shimon Peres met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his official residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The main issue on the agenda was the situation in Egypt following theviolent uprising.

The president warned the chancellor that “the world must learn from what happened in Gaza. Democracy begins with elections – but does not end with elections. Democracy is a civilization, and if you choose the wrong side you bring about the end of democracy. We must ensure that human rights are guaranteed in a real democracy.”

Peres reminded Merkel that Hamastook over Gaza following democratic elections. “The world saw what happened in Gaza when they pushed for democratic elections and a radical and dangerous movement, which won’t give the Gazans one day of democracy, rose to power.

Addressing the Iranian nuclear program, he said that “all options are on the table.”

The president thanked the German chancellor for “your clear stand on Iran and for trying to prevent any danger which is unnecessary to peace and the free world. Your voice is loud and clear and all options are open.”

He explained in the closed meeting that “Iran is trying to force an extreme religious hegemony on the Middle East and Islamic countries.”

Merkel said she agreed with Peres’ remarks on the Iranian threat, saying that this was a problem which threatened the entire world and not just Israel.

“Israel’s security is a global matter, not a bilateral matter,” she said, adding that “in light of the recent events, it’s time to speed up the peace process.”

She clarified that the Palestinian Authority’s leadership was strong. “I believe I have arrived in Israel at a very important time. Time is essential to guarantee that Israel remains an independent state within its borders. The concept of two states for two people cannot remain a statement – it must be seen on the ground.”

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Shimon Peres: 'Democracy is not only about elections'

Israeli President Shimon Peres shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a joint press conference in his resdency on February 01, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. Merkel has travelled to Israel with members of her cabinet in order to conduct joint government cabinet meetings with their Israeli counterparts. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Feb 01 (KATAKAMI.COM / JPOST) — President Shimon Peres met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Beit Hanassi on Tuesday, where they discussed Egypt, peace talks, and the Iranian nuclear program.

During the meeting, Peres said that the world saw the results of democratic elections in Gaza, where Hamas was elected.

“Democracy can not start and end in elections only,” Peres said. “True democracy begins on the day after the elections, in granting human rights and concern for citizens’ welfare.

“If a religious extremist dictatorship rises the day after democratic elections, what are democratic elections worth?” Peres asked.

He added that Iran is working to “bring a religious extremist hegemony to the Middle East. The Iranian problem and international terror,” Peres explained, “is not an Israeli monopoly, but an international problem.”

Merkel told Peres that, now more than ever, it is important to accelerate negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

“Peace between Israel and the Palestinians need to ensure Israel’s security, define borders of a Palestinian state, and solve core problems,” Merkel said.

She also agreed with Peres’ statement that a nuclear Iran is a threat to the entire world, and noted that she had arrived in Israel at a “historic moment.” She stressed that Israel’s security is a global matter and not a bilateral one, and that Germany would do whatever it can to guard Israel’s security and stability.  (*)

Mahmoud Abbas Calls Shimon Peres

FILE : Israeli president Shimon Peres (R) welcomes his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas during the first meeting of Israeli and Palestinian heads of state ever to be held in the President's Residence on July 22, 2008 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jan 26 (KATAKAMI.COM / ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called President Shimon Peres on Wednesday to express his condolences for the death of his wife, Sonia Peres.

The two reportedly discussed issues related to negotiations, during which Peres told Abbas: “I am grateful to your firm stance against provocative attempts to delegitimize the Palestinian Authority and the peace process.”

Abbas responded, saying: “You and us together must stand like a barrier against these efforts. The peace process should not be destroyed.”  (*)

PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Sonia Peres was a symbol of modesty

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) offers his condoleances to President Shimon Peres during the funeral service of his late wife Sonia in Ben Shemen on January 21, 2011, a day after she passed away at the age of 87. (Photo by GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

The prime minister called Shimon Peres and expressed his condolences for Sonia’s passing.

Jan 21 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) — Sonia Peres was a symbol of modesty and love and love of man, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, hours after the wife of President Shimon Peres died at the age of 87.

Netanyahu called Shimon Peres and expressed his condolences. “In her quiet and modest life, Sonia represented good-heartedness and turned into a symbol and example of modesty and love of man,” said Netanyahu.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that “Sonia Peres was a very special woman and human being. She was the epitome of modesty, simplicity and loving kindness.”

“Throughout the years she stayed out of the limelight and maintained her privacy, working tirelessly on behalf of those in need. All who knew her adored and admired her. May her memory be blessed,” Barak added.

Her son-in-law and physician, Dr. Raphael Walden, told Israel Radio she died peacefully in her sleep.

Walden said that Peres was “all nobility and devotion. The family was very close to her, we would see her almost every day.”

Former Labor Party director general and minister Uzi Baram arrived at the Peres residence to express his condolences, and spoke of his long-time friendship with Sonia and Shimon Peres: “She was noble woman in the full sense of the word, who quietly took part in volunteer work that will become known only now.”

“She was a real woman, and very candid,” Baram said, adding that “you always knew what she was thinking. She was very independent and led full life.”  (*)

President Shimon Peres: Sonia was and will always be the love of my life

Shimon Peres at the funeral of his wife Sonia, Jan. 21, 2011. Photo by: Nir Keidar

Jan 21 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) — Thousands of people, including state dignitaries and friends, attended the funeral of Sonia Peres, the wife of President Shimon Peres, in Ben Shemen on Friday, a day after she passed away in her sleep at the age of 87.

Many key Israeli political figures attended the funeral, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, opposition leader Tzipi Livni, and vice premier Silvan Shalom.

Sonia Peres was entitled to the privilege of being laid to rest in the section of Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Cemetery reserved for national leaders, however, the president’s late wife preferred to be buried at the cemetery near the Beit Shemen youth village where she met her husband.

In his eulogy, the president described his late wife of 65 years as a paragon of modesty and sincerity, “she had her own path and never strayed. This path was characterized by both the wisdom of the heart and the wisdom of her fellow man.”

“I loved her at first sight. She is the love of my life. And that love will remain in my heart until my eyes shall close,” Peres said. “I learned from her more than I could ever teach her.”

“Her number one tenet was be yourself, without façade, without hypocrisy, without asking for anything in return,” Peres said, emphasizing his wife’s life-long devotion to philanthropy.

“Her first tenet – be yourself, without a shred of forgery, without a shred of hypocrisy, without asking for anything in return,” Peres said, emphasizing his wife’s life-long devotion to philanthropy.

“No matter what,  it was the downtrodden and the weak who she believed were the most deserving of attention. She loved the country. Never wanted to be lifted above the people, always wanted to be part of it,” the president said, adding that most of her work was done far from the public eye.

Peres said that Sonia raised the couple’s children using the same standard she had for herself: “Always speak the truth, don’t ask for anything.”

Concluding, the president said: “This is a very difficult time for me, and I cannot say all that is in my heart. But I am so proud that God gave me an opportunity to live with this woman…. To me, she was what a human being was supposed to be.”

Born in the Ukraine in 1923, Peres made Aliyah to Israel with her family at the age of four. They moved to the Israel youth village of Ben Shemen where she met her husband.

During World War Two, Peres volunteered to serve in the British army and fight against the Germans. When she returned to Israel after the war in 1945, she and the future president were wed.

The couple was married for 67 years.

Sonia Peres rarely appeared in the public eye, preferring to play a backstage role in her husband’s six-decade political career, a decision which sometimes drew scathing criticism.

There were those, for instance, that saw a correlation between Peres’ inconspicuousness and the Labor Party’s election downfall in 1981, with some saying that the party would have won had she stood at her husband’s side.

Referring to that period, Shimon Peres biographer Michael Bar-Zohar wrote that “Sonia’s absence from Shimon’s side caused him severe political damage,” adding that her “charming personality would have undoubtedly added another dimension to her husband, and instead of the slightly sad, lonely man, many would have seen a loving and warm couple.”
One of Sonia Peres’ last public appearances was in April 1990, when she attended the somewhat awkward occasion of the swearing in of the government then constructed by her husband. She sat in the VIP section, looking on as the Haredi factions sabotaged the cabinet’s formation, leading to the meeting’s eventual dispersal.

When asked once why she chose to stay away from the public eye, Peres said:” I married a dairy farmer.”

Peres is survived by her husband, their three children Tzvia, Yonatan, and Hemi, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Sonia Peres, wife of President Shimon Peres, dies at 87

Israel's President Shimon Peres walks past his wife Sonya's coffin during her funeral service in Ben Shemen January 21, 2011. The wife of Israeli President Shimon Peres died on Thursday at the age of 87, an emergency service said. REUTERS/Oded Balilty/Pool

Jan 21 (KATAKAMI.COM / HAARETZ) — The wife of President Shimon Peres, Sonia Peres, died on Thursday at the age of 87 at her northern Tel Aviv home.

Peres is survived by her husband, their three children Tzvia, Yonatan, and Hemi, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her son-in-law and physician, Dr. Raphael Walden, told Israel Radio she died peacefully in her sleep.

The president arrived at the Peres family home Thursday afternoon. The presidential residence publicity adviser announced that the family is currently in deep mourning, and will issue another release soon.

Shortly before Peres became president in 2007, Sonya was briefly hospitalized with a heart condition, but she was not known to be ill in recent years.

Born in the Ukraine in 1923, Peres made aliyah to Israel with her family at the age of four. They moved to the Israel youth village of Ben Shemen where she met her husband.

During World War Two, Peres volunteered to serve in the British army and fight against the Germans. When she returned to Israel after the war in 1945, she and the future president were wed.

The couple was married for 67 years.

Sonia Peres rarely appeared in the public eye, preferring to play a backstage role in her husband’s six-decade political career, a decision which sometimes drew scathing criticism.

Sonia and Shimon Peres, October 1984 (Photo : Haaretz )

There were those, for instance, that saw a connection between Peres’ inconspicuousness to the Labor Party’s election downfall in 1981, with some saying that the party would have von had she stood at her husband’s side.

Referring to that period, Shimon Peres biographer Michael Bar-Zohar wrote that “Sonia’s absence from Shimon side caused him severe political damage,” adding that her “charming personality would have undoubtedly added another dimension to her husband, and instead of the slightly sad, lonely man, many would have seen a loving and warm couple.”

One of Sonia Peres’ last public appearances was in April 1990, when she attended the somewhat awkward occasion of the swearing in of the government then constructed by her husband. She sat at the VIP section, looking on as the Haredi factions sabotaged the cabinet’s formation, leading to the meeting’s eventual dispersal.

When asked at one time why she chose to stay away from the public eye, Peres said:” I married a dairy farmer.”

In fact, Peres opted to stay in their Tel Aviv home when her husband moved into the presidential residence in Jerusalem in 2007. The two lived separately until her death.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shimon Peres and expressed his condolences. “In her quiet and modest life, Sonia represented good-heartedness and turned into a symbol and example of modesty and love of man,” said Netanyahu.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that “Sonia Peres was a very special woman and human being. She was the epitome of modesty, simplicity and loving kindness. Throughout the years she stayed out of the limelight and maintained her privacy, working tirelessly on behalf of those in need. All who knew her adored and admired her. May her memory be blessed.”   (*)

Israeli President Shimon Peres begins official visit to Ukraine

Israeli President Shimon Peres

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November 23, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Israeli President Shimon Peres begins on Tuesday his four-day official visit to Ukraine to enhance cooperation between the countries in the spheres of diplomacy, economy and technologies, the Israeli presidential press service said.

Peres, who will be accompanied during the visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is scheduled to hold talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Volodymyr Lytvyn, the speaker of the country’s parliament.

“During the talks Peres intends to touch upon a broad range of important bilateral diplomatic issues. The president will also voice Israel’s position concerning the counteraction to the Iranian nuclear program and concerning relations with the Palestinians,” the press service said.

The Israeli president will also take part in the signing of an agreement on protection of mutual investments, deliver a lecture to students majoring in politics and diplomacy and meet with representatives of the Jewish Diaspora in Ukraine.

Peres is taking a regular commercial flight to Ukraine for his visit, the press service added. (*)

TEL-AVIV, November 23

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