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Former President Shimon Peres Released from Hospital

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres was released Tuesday from Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv, five days after entering for treatment of a mild heart attack.

“Five exciting days have gone by for me,” Peres told reporters. The 92-year-old former statesman underwent cardiac catheterization last Thursday after an angiogram revealed the narrowed artery in his heart.

“I am very happy to return to work, and there is much work to do. This was the goal of my recovery,” he told reporters.

Peres was scheduled to participate tomorrow in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. However, doctors have advised him not to travel to the conference. It is not yet clear whether he will comply with the advice.

“I want to thank the wonderful team of doctors and nurses who treated me and who reminded me of the spirit of Tel Hashomer, where everyone is equal, and which treats people as well as the diseases themselves,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Peres in Stable Condition Following Heart Procedure

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres, 92, is reported in stable condition and resting comfortably after having undergone emergency cardiac catheterization Thursday morning.

Peres was rushed to Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center after he reported feeling chest pains. A paramedic in his security detail encountered cardiac arrhythmia when he performed an EKG.

Personal physician (and son-in-law) Professor Rafi Walden came to the home and after two consulted, decided to send the former president to the hospital, according to Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

An angiogram performed after his arrival at the hospital showed the former president had a narrowed artery, which had caused a mild heart attack.

The artery was opened during catherization and blood flow to the heart is now reported to be “very good,” according to Professor Michael Eldar, director of the Heart Institute at the hospital.

There are no other signs of atherosclerosis in any of the surrounding arteries or blood vessels, he added.

A visit to the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, and participation in the third annual Ladino Festival in Tel Aviv were set for Thursday. Both have been cancelled.

Peres served twice as prime minister and most recently as president, until 2014. He also is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which he was awarded in 1994 during his tenure as Israel’s foreign minister, jointly with the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.”

Nearly his entire career was spent as a member of the Labor Party.

About two weeks ago, a rumor was floated around the Internet that Peres had died – a spokesperson squelched the claim and issued a statement saying, “Shimon Peres would like to clarify that he is alive and well. The only thing occupying him at this moment is his dinner.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have sent their wishes for a refuah sheleyma (quick return to complete, good health), via Yona Bartal, who is an assistant to the elder statesman.

Hana Levi Julian

Updated: Former President Shimon Peres Successfully Treated for Heart Attack

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is in stable condition after being successfully treated with catheterization for a heart attack, officials said Thursday morning at Tel Hashomer Medical Center’s Sheba Hospital.

Peres, 92, was brought to the hospital with chest pains early in the morning.

He was fully conscious upon his arrival and remained fully conscious throughout all tests and procedures, doctors told journalists.

The former president is the founder of the Peres Center for Peace, and has been the architect of numerous attempts towards co-existence with the Palestinian Authority.

Hana Levi Julian

President Rivlin to Visit Obama on Hanukkah

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

President Barack Obama is about to see and hear first-hand the radical difference between Shimon “Peace” Peres and his predecessor President ReuvenRivlin.

President Rivlin flew out of Ben Gurion Airport early Tuesday. Besides participating in a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at the White House and speaking with senior administration officials, he will deliver an address at the Brookings Institute and participate in another candle lighting ceremony with Ambassadors to the United Nations.

Rivlin already is changing the image of Israel as seen by foreign dignitaries. He has visited Hebron, expressed the close links between the Jewish People and Judea and Samaria and has veered 180 degrees from Peres’ sermonizing on the “peace process” at every opportunity.

The president said before boarding the plane this morning:

The friendship between Israel and the United States is an expression of a deep bond. It is the bond between two countries, and between two peoples, and I intend to express to the President, in the name of all the people, Israel’s appreciation for the uncompromising support of the United States, in each moment, and in every situation.

These are days of great regional instability, and a far from simple security situation in Israel. It is my intention to discuss these challenges with President Obama, alongside the ongoing discussion about the common values which we share – values of freedom and democracy – and I am in no doubt that the array of meetings planned during this visit will serve to further strengthen and deepen the relations between our peoples.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Former President Navon Buried at Mt. Herzl

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Yitzchak Navon, Israel’s fifth president, was buried at Mt. Herzl early Sunday afternoon, the day after he died at the age of 94.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu eulogized Navon as “a jewel that adorned our capital, Jerusalem.”

Navon was active in the Ben Gurion government after having served as ambassador to South American countries. Besides being a leading politician in Ben Gurion’s Rafi party and later in the Labor party that emerged from Rafi, Navon was a brilliant educator and author.

At the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday Prime Minister Netanyahu said of Navon:

He was one of the nation’s finest and among its greatest builders…, the scion of the glorious Sephardic Jewish community…

Yitzchak Navon’s election as president reflected his being a man who emerged from – and lived among – the people. He was imbued with a love of Israel and he worked to bridge between all parts of the nation, between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. With his personality and his expertise, he used the Hebrew language and he worked to bridge between Israel and its Arab neighbors, especially Egypt.

He is survived by his second wife, two children and several grandchildren.

Jewish Press Staff

Yitzchak Navon, Fifth President of Israel, Dies at Age 94

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Yitzchak Navon, the President of Israel from 1978 to 1983, died on Saturday at the age of 94. His wife died in 1993, and he is survived by two children.

A former member of the underground Irgun headed by Menachem Begin and then of the HaGanah, Navon learned Arab literature and Islamic culture at Hebrew University and served as a diplomat before entering politics and holding the post of Education Minister.

He was born to a Jerusalem Sephardi family whose descendants include Spanish Jews who made Aliyah to Jerusalem after the Spanish Expulsion in 1492.

Navon was elected to the Knesset in 1965 as a member of Ben-Gurion’s Rafi party, which merged into the Labor faction.

The extremely popular president was unanimously elected to the office, with no opposition, and he was the first president to live in the current presidential residence in Jerusalem. He turned down the opportunity to run for a second term of office and then became the only president to return to politics.

Navon was more popular than Labor party chairman Shimon Peres, a leading member of Labor but rejected appeals to replace him.

He left politics in 1992  but returned to public life in 1996 to chair a committee that investigated the practice of discarding blood donated by Israelis of Ethiopian origin due to concerns about AIDS transmission

Navon also was an author and wrote two musicals based on Sephardic folklore

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Can Peres and Abbas Save ‘Settlers’ Synagogue from Destruction by Israel?

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

A Jerusalem area community in Samaria is hoping former president Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas can help them stop the planned government destruction of a 20-year-old synagogue allegedly built on Arab land.

The Supreme Court, which previously accepted leftists’ claims that the synagogue was built on private Arab land, received on Friday a last-ditch petition to stop the destruction, based on arguments that the court and the government did not take into consideration international law concerning the  protection of Holy Sites.

The appeal, filed by attorney Gilad Korinaldy on behalf of Givat Ze’ev regional council rabbi Yosef Toledano, also asked the court to consider aspects of Jewish law, the Hareidi website Kikar Shabbat reported.

The court has ordered Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to answer the petition by next Monday night, the end of Simchat Torah in Israel.

The Netanyahu administration has ordered that the 2-year-old Ayelet HaShachar synagogue, where several hundred congregants have prayed, be demolished immediately after the Sukkot-Simchat Torah holiday.

The petition to the court also explained that the community has appealed to Peres and Abbas to “think outside the legal box” and find a political-diplomatic solution.

Korinaldy, who also represented Gush Katif in efforts to save Gush Katif synagogues from destruction in the expulsion of Jews from Gaza in 2005, said, according to Kikar Shabbat:

Synagogues are the voice of the existence of Judaism for generations. All possibilities must be examined to protect the holiness of Israel and respect for God. There is no greater disgrace than Jews destroying a synagogue.

TheJewishPress.com reported here last month that Givat Ze’ev worshippers already have taken holy books out of the synagogue in preparation for the demolition, which Prime Minister Netanyahu postponed from August until immediately after the holidays.

The  suit against the synagogue followed the pattern of several previous appeals by the left-wing Yesh Din and Peace Now grows, arguing that Jews did not legally buy the land on which they built.

It usually is difficult to prove the legal purchase because it is always done through a third-party. Otherwise, the Arab seller would face death, either by an angry mob or by the Palestinian Authority policy that follows the Jordanian law that selling land to a Jew is punishable by execution.

If the petition is successful, it would prove the seeming impossibilities of life in Israel.

Who would dream that Peres and Abbas would be the intermediaries to stop the destruction of a Jewish place of worship in the “occupied territories?”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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