Israel`s Peres puts `secret talks disguise` on Facebook

Last Updated: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 00:35

Jerusalem: Israel`s President Shimon Peres on Friday posted photos on Facebook of disguises he wore in the 1970s to travel undetected to Arab neighbour Jordan for secret negotiations.
Peres posted the photos to coincide with the Jewish religious festival Purim, which features carnival costumes, fireworks and toy guns.

"Purim is a great time (to) dress up but not the only time," Peres wrote.

"This is the disguise I wore in the mid-seventies when I would go to my meetings with King Hussein of Jordan before signing the peace agreements."

Peres appears in a faded photo on Facebook sporting a bushy brown moustache, clearly wearing a wig, atop of which balances a beige fedora hat.
Beneath the image are two passport-style photos of him wearing glasses and a fake beard.

Peres was defence minister in the mid-1970s, some two decades before Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994.

From Sunday, religious Jews will start the traditional reading of the Book of Esther, while both they and their secular counterparts celebrate Purim by dressing up.

Peres`s Facebook posting had received nearly 6,000 "likes" just a few hours after he posted it, and Israelis joined in by posting pictures of themselves and their children dressed up for Purim.

AFP

First Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 00:35
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