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Cancer-Stricken Girl Sings to Barbra Streisand

Monday, June 17th, 2013

A 16-year-old girl, Coral Vedder, who is suffering from a rare form of cancer, sang Barbara Streisand’s song “People” to the Jewish legend when the award winning singer met with a group of children on Monday at the official Jerusalem residence of President Shimon Peres.

Streisand, who will perform at the Presidential Conference Tuesday night, met the children suffering life-threatening diseases and who were brought to the President’s Residence by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The children expressed their wish to meet President Peres and wish him a happy birthday in person and told them their stories, their wishes and their struggles with illness.

Everyone was moved to tears during Coral’s performance, and Streisand said, “This was such a beautiful rendition; it moved me very much.”

The children surprised her with a gift of beads on which was inscribed, “Hope is strength and happiness.”

Streisand told the children, “I will remember this meeting forever. There is an incredible strength in this room and from meeting with you. When I sing “Aveinu Malkeinu” tomorrow for Peres’ birthday, I will dedicate it in my heart to you. I am full of hope for you, for the State of Israel and for the entire world.”

Streisand, 71, arrived in Israel – with her pet dog – Saturday night and later visited the Western Wall.

She is to receive on Monday an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she donated money for a building in the memory of her father.  Streisand, for the first time in her life, will sing in public in Israel at two performances in a Jaffa on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are going for $300 each, except for VIPs, who will pay $950 for the privilege.

Pope Francis Blesses Peres on Eve of His 90th Birthday

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Pope Francis sent President Shimon Peres a letter with blessings for his 90th birthday, which is to be marked on August 2. Celebrations towards the day began more than a month ago.

The pope quoted a verse in Psalms and paraphrased the Priestly Blessing as a personal note for President Peres.

Pope Francis wrote, “On the happy occasion of your 90th birthday, I am pleased to send cordial greetings along with the assurance of my prayers for Your Excellency and for all who share this celebration with you.

:I renew my thanks for the kind visit that you paid me at the end of April and for our fruitful exchange on a number of matters of common interest to the Holy See and the State of Israel.

“On this auspicious day, allow me to add my voice to those of many others from around the world who are paying tribute top Your Excellency.

“I am reminded to the concluding verse of the 91st Psalm, “With long life I will satisfy him and show Him my salvation,” and I pray that the Lord who has already blessed with fourscore and ten will continue to bless you and keep you, to make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, and lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

Israel Expresses Support for India’s Permanent Membership on UNSC

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

In comments welcoming Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna to Israel,  President Shimon Peres said that Israel wants India to “become a permanent member of the Security Council.”

Peres also spoke of India as the “greatest democracy on earth,” and said that Israel was “following India with great care and interest.” Krishna returned the compliment, crediting Israel  as inspiration to India in becoming more self-sufficient.

UPDATE: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Foreign Minister Krishna and expressed his desire to see a Free Trade Agreement between Israel and India signed in the near future. Krishna said that he is in Israel to chart a map for the next twenty years of Israel-India relations, and spoke of Israel as a “natural ally” of India.

 

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