Statement by Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose on the passing of Shimon Peres

Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Rona Ambrose issued the following statement late last night on the passing of former Israeli president Shimon Peres:

“It is with profound sadness that the Conservative caucus and the Conservative Party of Canada express our condolences to the people of Israel at the passing of former president Shimon Peres. [Read more…]

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Israeli leaders mourn the loss of Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, then president of the State of Israel, at Rideau Hall during a state visit to Canada, May 7, 2012. (Michael Regenstreif)
Shimon Peres, then president of the State of Israel, at Rideau Hall during a state visit to Canada, May 7, 2012. (Michael Regenstreif)

Shimon Peres, then president of the State of Israel, at Rideau Hall during a state visit to Canada, May 7, 2012. (Michael Regenstreif)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Cabinet held a special session to mourn and honour Shimon Peres.

“This is the first day in Israel without Shimon Peres,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the opening of the meeting, followed by a moment of silence.

“In the name of the entire Jewish people, in the name of the citizens and government of the State of Israel, I also send deep condolences to Shimon’s family,” Netanyahu said at the meeting in which he enumerated Peres’ accomplishments on behalf of Israel.

Netanyahu earlier released a statement in which he noted that Peres “devoted his life to our nation and to the pursuit of peace.” [Read more…]

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sends condolence letter to Peres family; Hamas is happy at his death

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Shimon Peres a “brave” partner for peace in a condolence letter sent to his family.

“Peres was a partner in making the peace of the brave with the martyr Yasser Arafat and prime minister [Yitzhak] Rabin, and made unremitting efforts to reach a lasting peace from the Oslo agreement until the final moments of his life,” the letter says, according to the Wafa news agency. [Read more…]

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Trudeau, Clinton, Obama to join world leaders at Peres funeral in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) –Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will represent Canada at the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres.

U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as former president Bill Clinton, also will attend the funeral of Israel’s ninth president scheduled for Friday morning at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Bill Clinton presided over the Oslo peace accords that led to the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for Peres, Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups praise Peres as respected statesman and peacemaker

Israeli President Shimon Peres receives flowers from Ottawa Jewish Community School students, May 7, 2012, at Rideau Hall at the start of his state visit to Canada. (Michael Regenstreif)
Israeli President Shimon Peres receives flowers from Ottawa Jewish Community School students, May 7, 2012, at Rideau Hall at the start of his state visit to Canada. (Michael Regenstreif)

Israeli President Shimon Peres receives flowers from Ottawa Jewish Community School students, May 7, 2012, at Rideau Hall at the start of his state visit to Canada. (Michael Regenstreif)

(JTA) – Jewish groups in Israel, Canada, the United States and around the world lauded former Israeli president Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday, as a respected leader and a warrior for peace.

“Peres was always driven by a deep sense of responsibility toward the entire Jewish people. He concerned himself with the fate and future of the entire nation, but also with each of its sons and daughters, both near and far,” Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel said. [Read more…]

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‘Todah rabah, Shimon’ – Obama delivers passionate farewell to Peres

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama posted an impassioned paean to the legacy of Shimon Peres.

“There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves,” said the unusually lengthy statement coming out late Tuesday, an hour or so on after the death of Israel’s elder statesman at 93 was announced. [Read more…]

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In Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis, Obama says Jewish role in civil rights can inspire healing

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama told rabbis in a pre-High Holidays call that Jews should share their story of working to advance civil rights as a means of inspiring change at a time of racial tensions.

Obama spoke Monday with over 600 rabbis from the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements. His tone on the last such call before he leaves office was reflective. [Read more…]

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