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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
By United Press International
Israeli teens found dead in West Bank laid to rest

Israeli teens found dead in West Bank laid to rest

MODI'IN, West Bank, July 1 (UPI) --Three teenagers found dead in the West Bank were eulogized at funeral ceremonies Tuesday, as Israel began airstrikes against Hamas.
Ed Adamczyk
Israeli President Shimon Peres awarded U.S. Congressional Gold Medal

Israeli President Shimon Peres awarded U.S. Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) --Israeli President Shimon Peres was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
JC Finley
Pope calls for global end to child labor

Pope calls for global end to child labor

VATICAN CITY, June 11 (UPI) --Pope Francis called for an end to child labor on Wednesday while speaking in St. Peter's Square.
Ed Adamczyk
Rivlin elected president of Israel

Rivlin elected president of Israel

JERUSALEM, June 10 (UPI) --Right-wing Reuven Rivlin was selected as the next president of Israel Tuesday in a second-round runoff election in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
Ed Adamczyk
Abbas, Peres pray with Pope

Abbas, Peres pray with Pope

VATICAN CITY, June 9 (UPI) --Pope Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to prayer at the Vatican.
Ed Adamczyk
Vatican: Pope to pray with Peres and Abbas on June 8

Vatican: Pope to pray with Peres and Abbas on June 8

VATICAN CITY, May 29 (UPI) --Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Territories President Mahmoud Abbas will pray with Pope Francis on June 8, the Vatican announced Thursday.
Ed Adamczyk
On visit to Holy Land, Pope Francis pushes two state solution, invites Middle East leaders to Rome

On visit to Holy Land, Pope Francis pushes two state solution, invites Middle East leaders to Rome

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 25 (UPI) --On a visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to Rome for peace talks, and voiced support for a two-state solution.
JC Finley
Netanyahu to Cameron: Abbas must condemn random rocket fire on Israel

Netanyahu to Cameron: Abbas must condemn random rocket fire on Israel

JERUSALEM, March 13 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders Thursday urged Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas to condemn random rocket fire on Israel and warned of a similar action on Gaza.

Israeli President Shimon Peres takes questions from Arab world

JERUSALEM, March 6 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres reached out to Muslim countries Thursday, holding an Internet session with people from North Africa and the Middle East.

Israeli arms dealers held over seized F-4 parts for Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Israeli arms dealers Eli Cohen and Avichai Weinstein reportedly have been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle F-4 fighter components to Iran amid a shake-up in the Defense Ministry over concerns that supervision of arms exports is too lax.

Netanyahu reportedly wants Peres to remain president until 2015

JERUSALEM, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday he would oppose any move to extend his term by a year.

Israeli bill calls for elimination of presidency

JERUSALEM, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Knesset Member Zevulun Kalfa said he has submitted to a bill calling for the elimination of Israel's largely ceremonial position of president.
Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon apologized for dismissing Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace push as naively obsessive and messianic.
Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli President Shimon Peres committed to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Biden saying Monday the time is ripe to act.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and President Shimon Peres attend the Jerusalem Day ceremony at Ammunition Hill on May 21, 2009. (UPI Photo/Yin Bogu/Pool)
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 Shimon Peres (help·info) (Hebrew: שמעון פרס‎, born Szymon Perski; 2 August 1923) is the ninth President of the State of Israel. Peres served twice as the eighth Prime Minister of Israel and once as Interim Prime Minister, and has been a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until 2007, when he became President.

He held several diplomatic and military positions during and directly after Israel's War of Independence. His first high-level government position was as Deputy Director-General of Defense in 1952, and Director-General in 1953 through 1959. During his career, he has represented five political parties in the Knesset: Mapai, Rafi, the Alignment, Labor and Kadima, and has led Alignment and Labour. Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for the peace talks that he participated in as Israeli Foreign Minister, producing the Oslo Accords. Peres was nominated in early 2007 by Kadima to run in that year's presidential election, and was elected by the Knesset for the presidency on 13 June 2007 and sworn into office on 15 July 2007 for a seven-year term. He is the first former Prime Minister to be elected President of Israel.

Shimon Peres was born Szymon Perski on 2 August 1923 in Wiszniewo, Poland (now Višnieva, Belarus), to Yitzhak (1896–1962) and Sara (b. 1905 née Meltzer) Perski. The family spoke Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian at home, and Peres learned Polish at school. He now speaks English and French in addition to Hebrew. His father was a lumber merchant, later branching out into other commodities while his mother was a librarian. Peres has a younger brother, Gershon, and is a first cousin of American actress Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Persky).

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