Peres meets in Toronto with Wynne; is saluted by Bono at U2 concert

(From left) Israel's Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres, and Israeli Consul-General in Toronto DJ Schneeweiss, meeting, July 8, during the Toronto Global Forum.

(From left) Israel’s Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres, and Israeli Consul-General in Toronto DJ Schneeweiss, meeting, July 8, during the Toronto Global Forum.

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met with former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres during the first day of the Pan Am Edition of the Toronto Global Forum, July 8.

Wynne and Peres discussed the state of Ontario-Israel relations and potential partnerships to be explored during the Premier’s business mission to Israel in spring 2016.

“I was pleased to welcome former president and prime minister Peres to Toronto, and to identify so many areas where we can build the Ontario-Israel relationship through closer collaboration,” said Wynne. “Whether in the fields of clean technology, advanced manufacturing or life sciences including brain research, Ontario and Israel are home to some of the world’s most innovative companies. By continuing to work closely together, we will create new and exciting opportunities for our people and our businesses to thrive.”

The Times of Israel reported that Peres attended the U2 concert in Toronto later that evening and was saluted by lead singer Bono as “somebody who has acted as the voice of reason in a region where the loudest voices are often the bellicose ones. Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres is here in the house tonight.

“We understand, president Peres, that you have tried to be the voice of reason. And you’ve dedicated a lot of your life, all of your life, to try and bring peace in this really dangerous region,” said the singer.

“We wish that you, who worked so hard for that incredible Oslo Accord, that you don’t give up on the two-state solution. At age 92, we know we can count on you.”

Earlier in the concert, according to the Times of Israel, Bono asked “the crowd to give love to Israel, and the Palestinians, and everyone in the Middle East who needs it.”

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