Peres Hosts Ramadan Dinner


peresPresident Shimon Peres held a dinner marking the Arab holy month of Ramadan at his residence in Yerushalayim Sunday evening, inviting Egypt’s deputy ambassador to participate amid threats the country would withdraw its ambassador from Israel.

At the end of the festive meal, which also took place amid rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel, Peres addressed the diplomat, Mustafa al-Kuni, saying he hoped Egypt would “be liberated and know economic prosperity”. Al-Kuni refused an offer to speak.

The president also expressed hope for a ceasefire with Gaza’s terror groups. “I don’t see any reason for anyone to want a war,” Peres told leaders of the Arab sector, foreign diplomats, Knesset members, and regional council heads in attendance.

“I cannot say we are not all concerned over the incidents of the past few days,” Peres said, stressing the need for sustaining peace with Egypt and Jordan.

“I remember the signing of both agreements, with Egypt and Jordan, and the slogan back then was very simple – No more war, no more bloodshed,” he added.

“We have had seven wars, in all of which we lost. We lost good children – boys and girls. We don’t want this anymore. Why should we have more wars, more conflict?”

Peres said Israel has great respect for the Egyptian and Jordanian people, as well as the Palestinian Authority. “We have invested so much money in wars which we could have invested in our children. We cannot fix the past, but we can fix the future. There are differences of religion between us, but there is no reason there should be hatred. We are all children of Abraham and all of us pray to one God,” he explained.

Tensions peaked between Cairo and Jerusalem over the weekend when Egypt demanded Israel apologize for the deaths of six members of its armed forces in exchanges of fire with terrorists who murdered eight Israelis in the south.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed “regret” for the deaths, after which Egypt, though expressing dissatisfaction with the demonstration, largely refrained from renewing its threats.

{Ynet/ Newscenter}


  1. Who put something in Peres’ drink? Put the same thing in Abbass’ drink so we can read, “Abbass hosts Pesach Seder”.

    I am not sure if American or Israeli leadership is more insane.

  2. All the short-sighted and blinkered commentators above would do well to remember that Shimon Peres is the president of all Israelis – and that not all Israelis are necessarily Jewish.

    But that much is clearly beyond the comprehension of our “friends” above.

    Perhaps they should keep their noses stuck in their ?”? rather than interfering in matters beyond their world and their powers of comprehension?

  3. I see nothing wrong in what President Peres did. This is comman protocol, it’s been done for years in Israel. And it’s even more comman in Israel then America, who’s Arabic population has only grown in the last 20 years. Let not forget that Israel’s Arabic population consists of close to a million people. And so what’s the big deal? Peres is the President of all the people residing in Israel today. Not the people who resided there 2000 years ago. And besides, preaching blanketed Arabic hatred is not a Charedi approach. It almost sounds like a Khana Chai approach! Hatred to terrorist yes but not peacefull commited people even if they happen to be Arabic! Lets simply grow up!

  4. to ‘hesmyrav, #2 and Yorkshire #7 –
    Have you both been drinking? Don’t know if #2 is a joke (hope so), and #7, if you’re from outer space and have not been aware what has taken place on earth for the past 60 something years.

  5. 9. Comment from anonymous
    Time August 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    to ‘hesmyrav, #2 and Yorkshire #7 –
    Have you both been drinking? Don’t know if #2 is a joke (hope so), and #7, if you’re from outer space and have not been aware what has taken place on earth for the past 60 something years.


    I am more than aware of what has taken place on earth for rather more than 60 something years.

    I am even more tuned in to what has been happening in Israel for the last 49 years as I have been resident here, served as a field-rank officer in the armed forces here – and even done a stint in the Knesset here.

    Now tell me what was the point of your message #9, please.

  6. #7, you must understand, unless it is beyond your comprehension, the last time I look Israel was Jewish state. Is it no enough for you that only Israel allows all religions to worship at their holy sites and even protects them as the soldiers protecting them are killed for being Jewish? You are too Americanized and think everyone has to participate in everyone else’s person practices. It was utterly foolish and disrespectful to Jew and the Jewish state to have anything to do with a ramadan other than already allowing it and protecting Israel’s enemies right to worship as they please within Israel as they pray at their ramadan table for the destruction c”v of Israel.

  7. “Sorry…. why is Ramadan a “holy” month?”

    Apologies to anyone who might think that I am over-contributing to this thread.

    One reason for Ramadan being a holy month for Muslims is that it was during this time that the Kor’an was revealed to Mohammed.

    The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. The name came from the time before the Islamic calendar, when the month of Ramadan fell in the summer. Fasting during this month is often thought figuratively to burn away all sins. Muslims.

    The faithful fast from dawn until dusk each day.

    So – if we were to seek a parallel experience in Judaism – it could be compared to a whole month of Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah, all rolled into one.

  8. #13???? You are posting the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong place. The “experience” of our Yomim Tovim is incomparable to the “experience” of any other religion. Nice try at being fair at the expense of being smart.