Reuven Rivlin sworn in as Israel`s 10th president

Far-right hawk Reuven Rivlin was sworn in as Israel`s 10th president on Thursday at a formal ceremony in parliament which saw elder statesman Shimon Peres stepping down.

Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

Pope Francis today called for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago.

Politics left behind as Mideast rivals head to Vatican

Israel`s government is boycotting its Palestinian counterpart with relations to a new low, and when their two presidents join Pope Francis in a Vatican prayer for peace on Sunday politics are likely to be absent.

Israeli and Palestinian presidents to meet at Vatican on June 8

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together at an unprecedented gathering on June 8, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Israel presidential candidates step forward

Six candidates put themselves forward on Tuesday for Israel`s presidential election in two weeks, kicking off the race to succeed 90-year-old incumbent Shimon Peres.

Pope hails `courage` of Israeli, Palestinian presidents

Pope Francis praised the "courage" of Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas after both agreed to come to the Vatican to pray with him for peace.

Peres hails Pope as `rock` against religious terrorism

Lauding Pope Francis` remarks distancing religion from terror, Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday called the pontiff a "rock" against any attempt to connect the two together and hoped that his historic visit will help rejuvenate the stalled Middle East peace process.

Israeli President Peres hopes for renewed talks with Palestinians

Israeli President Shimon Peres said today that he hoped for a return to talks with Palestinians which were suspended in April.

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

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.

Middle East may flare up if peace talks fail: Israel`s Peres

Middle East could erupt into violence if the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapse, Israel`s President Shimon Peres warned on Monday.

Israelis pay final respects to ex-PM Ariel Sharon

US President and other world leaders mourned the death of iconic Israeli statesman Ariel Sharon on Sunday.

Israel to respond with full force to any Syrian attack: Peres

President Shimon Peres on Thursday warned that Israel will respond with "full force" if it comes under attack from Syria in retaliation to possible Western military action against it.

Shimon Peres tells Barcelona players they`re `messengers of peace`

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday praised Lionel Messi and his fellow Barcelona stars as "messengers of peace" as they made a brief visit to Israel and the Palestinians territories.

Israeli, Palestinian presidents held secret meeting: Report

Israeli President Shimon Peres held a secret meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas two months ago, a media report said.

India cannot stay neutral towards Iran: Israel Prez

Describing Iran as a "danger" to world peace, Israeli President Shimon Peres has asked India not to remain "neutral" to Iran`s "aggressive attempt" to become a forceful hegemon in the region.

Bill Clinton paid $500,000 for speech in Israel

Former US prez Bill Clinton has been paid $500,000 for a speech to be given in honour of Israeli Prez Shimon Peres, sources told Xinhua.

Israel to build 300 units in Jewish settlement

The issue of Jewish settlements has been at the heart of a nearly five-year impasse in peace efforts.

Israel`s President calls for return to peace talks

President Shimon Peres issued his call ahead of a gathering of Mideast leaders on the sidelines of a conference hosted by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel

Stephen Hawking has pulled out of a conference to be hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem next month, to join an academic boycott to protest Israel`s treatment of Palestinians.

Israel’s President OKs release of ailing Palestinian

Israel`s President says he has approved the release of an ailing Palestinian prisoner on humanitarian grounds.