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His Excellency Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel

Photos by:  Joyce Brooks/Blacktiemagazine.com
Story by:  Abe Shainberg

President Shimon Peres.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks
His Excellency Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel

SHIMON PERES - A Life Well Lived!

There have been several notable Shimons in Jewish History. The famous Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, student of Rabbi Akiva, and a great Kabbalist who fought against the Romans, come to mind as well as Shimon Hatzadik, who , dressed in his priestly robes went out to meet Alexander the Great and save the Jewish people.

Shimon Peres is currently with us, 90, the President of Israel, a voice of peace and statesmanship and who is making his rounds saying goodbyes to America. Or should I say L’Hitraut, See you soon, because we know Shimon Peres, who has served in the Knesset since 1959, and as Minister of Defense and State and twice as Prime Minister can never really say goodbye.

Rabbi Cosgrove of the Park Avenue Synagogue on East 87th Street hosted the
President as he was interviewed by none other than Charlie Rose of CBS and his own show on PBS. Rabbi Cosgrove introduced the Chairman of the Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations, Robert Sugarman, who welcomed the President to the overflowing crowd.

Mr. Sugarman pointed out that the Pope invited him and President Abbas to pray for peace at the Vatican. That was a first. Shimon Peres was a champion of the nanotechnology industry that is burgeoning in Israel and making Israel the technology powerhouse it is today. He stated that Mr. Peres is the most popular Israeli statesman in the world today.

In questioning Mr. Peres , Charlie Rose secured the following responses:

The biggest obstacle to peace is – Skepticism & Pessimism.

Each person has a greater potential than he thinks.

For the first time since the Oslo Accords the Arab nations realize that terror is more dangerous to them than Israel.

The 3 missing teenagers have united Jews the world over, whether they be religious, secular, Zionistic or neutral. All Jews feel as if they are our own children.

Why does Hamas continue on a path of self destruction? – The only losers are their
own brothers and sisters.

On Technology – Jewish DNA never allows a Jew to feel satisfied – he must create – improve things – never give in to the status quo.

Moses chose to come to Israel because we are holy and seek holiness. If we wanted the oil, we would have continued on to Saudi Arabia.

Shimon Peres told the audience the THREE basic principles of being a Jew today:

1. Respect the 10 Commandments. 2. Learn and learn more & more, like the wise men of Yavne. 3. Seek Peace.

On the Two State Solution: Neither the Arabs or the Jews should condemn their children to keep the war going. Both realities can co-exist.

Itshak Rabin was the closest prime Minister to Shimon Peres and even though they differed on many occasions, and they came from two different divisions of the Labor Party, they put aside their differences for the sake of Israel and its future. 

He met 10 US Presidents starting with President John F. Kennedy. He said every single President was friendly to Israel no matter what the issue was at hand. Even Kennedy, who at first did not want to arm Israel against its neighbors, came around and would not let the young country fail.

America became great by HELPING OTHERS , NOT BY USING OTHERS. More than any other country the world over, America has stood by us. We share the same principles of freedom and democracy. “It’s too true to be good”.

Biggest Regret? -   You can’t change the past so why waste time.

Proudest Moment? – The one that will happen tomorrow.

Iran? – A danger to the whole world. Nobody wants another Hiroshima. Nobody is threatening them, so why the threats? President Obama has assured us that Iran will not become nuclear and that the US will consult us on every facet.

A bad agreement is better than no agreement.

The President of Israel represents the people of Israel, not the government. If I see a fire, I will not remain silent because of politics. My first obligation is to tell the truth. To be a public servant, you have to SERVE the people, not use them for personal ambition.

Rabbi Cosgrove said that Mr. Peres’s life work will continue beyond his presidency. Whether you agree with his politics or not, Shimon Peres has been a true leader of Israel, a pioneer, a fighter, a peace seeker and a great statesman. Today -  the oldest living head of state in the world. We wish him well and know that he will always have the people of Israel first and foremost in his mind as well as the safety and welfare of Jews
the world over.

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Mrs. Julie Goodman Aharoni.  Photo by:  Joyce brooks
Ambassador Ido Aharoni
Consul General of Israel in New York
Mrs. Julie Goodman Aharoni
President Shimon Peres, Robert Sugarman and Charlie Rose.  Photo by:  Joyce brooks
President Shimon Peres, Robert Sugarman and Charlie Rose
President Shimon Peres, and Rabbi Cosgrove.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks
President Shimon Peres and Rabbi Cosgrove
Rabbi Cosgrove  and Charlie Rose.  Photo by:  Joyce brooks
Rabbi Cosgrove and Charlie Rose
President Shimon Peres and Rabbi Cosgrove.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks
President Shimon Peres and Rabbi Cosgrove
Israel Tapoohi, President & CEO  ISRAEL BONDS, .  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks
Israel Tapoohi, President & CEO  ISRAEL BONDS
Zeev Rubinstein, National Director Business Development ISRAEL BONDS
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director Anti-Defamation League.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director Anti-Defamation League
President Shimon Peres and Charlie Rose.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks

From his beginnings as Shimon Perski of Poland, the great grandson of
Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, to the presidency of Israel, we wish you a continued long, healthy and productive life. A life well lived.


Photos by:
Joyce Brooks
Story By:
Abe Shainberg, Esq.

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