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Abbas’s Farewell to Israel’s Peres Stirs Controversy at Home

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Oct 3 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is feeling a backlash at home over his attendance at the funeral of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, who shared a Nobel prize for interim peace deals with the Palestinians. In Arabic postings on social media, critics of the Western-backed Abbas have focused on a

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Thousands of Israelis File Past Coffin of Former President Peres

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Sept 29 – Thousands of Israelis filed past the flag-draped coffin of Shimon Peres outside parliament on Thursday, honouring the former president and prime minister who won worldwide praise for his efforts in peace talks with the Palestinians. U.S. President Barack Obama is among foreign dignitaries due to attend the funeral

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Israel’s Elder Statesman, Shimon Peres, Dies at 93

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Sept 28 – Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres, a joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, died in hospital on Wednesday at 93, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. A campaigner for Middle East peace who played a seminal role in Israeli politics for nearly 70

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Obama, Netanyahu Mourn Death of Israel’s Shimon Peres

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Sept 28 – Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres, 93, died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to mourn: “A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever”. Peres, an indefatigable campaigner for Middle East peace who jointly won the

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