25 Elul 5776
He was there at the beginning of the Erev Rav regime. We can only hope that his passing indicates the end of the Erev Rav regime.
Among the international VIPs expected to attend the levaya are US President Barak Obama, Pope Francis, French President Francois Hollande, UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, and British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Source)
Here are some excerpts from past blog posts:
Peres suggests holy sites in J'lem be declared 'world capital'
...His plan calls for declaring a holy area of sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem's old walled city as a "world capital", with the UN Secretary-General serving as mayor, Peres' spokesman Yoram Dori said.
Pres. Peres Calls for 100,000 Yesha Jews to Migrate to the Negev
President Shimon Peres called on Jews from Judea and Samaria last week to send a cohort with their strength and skills to settle the Negev.
Addressing an event to mark the 70th anniversary of Kibbutz Revivim – located deep in the Negev – Peres noted that at present, there are only 6,500 residents in the Ramat Hanegev region.
Even if half the Jews living in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) lived in the Negev, Peres said, the regions would look different.
We Need a United Nations of World Religions
...Globalization made it so the social and economic fates of the world's major powers were tied together. The U.N. and similar international organizations have played a key role....
If such an alliance can be used to unite independent states, could a similar model work for world religions? This was an idea proposed last year by former Israeli president Shimon Peres. He suggested that an organization called "the United Religions" could bring together leaders from various worldwide religions with the goal of promoting interfaith peace and understanding. In Peres' eyes, Pope Francis himself would head up this "UN for religions" because he is universally respected and could spearhead efforts to broker peace in the Middle East.
Israel's Peres pitches "UN of Religions" to pope
Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres has proposed a new global peace initiative to Pope Francis: A "United Nations of Religions," given that most wars today have religious, not nationalistic, undercurrents.
The Vatican said Peres pitched the initiative during a 45-minute audience Thursday in the Apostolic Palace. The two men last met when Francis invited the then-Israeli president and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens on June 8.
See also: The Indomitable Shimon Peres, The Most Evil Man in Israel, Three strikes! You're out, Mr. President!!, The Most Despicable Person in Israel, A Leader and a Statesman