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“He possessed an exuberant passion for anything about the future. I often wanted to discuss the past with him—Ben-Gurion, the War of Independence, the alliance with France—things that no one had been more involved with than he had. But he forcibly turned the discussion to completely different topics: nanotechnology, research of the brain, the age that will follow the electronic age, medical breakthroughs that will be able to improve upon human nature.

Indeed, he was certainly a man of dreams that were both naïve and sophisticated, but his dreams came true far more often than the doubts harbored by many others. Being a “dreamer” might be a formula for a hard life, but no one should envy a person who has lost the ability to dream. The man was brimming with curiosity, he inspired curiosity, and I loved him.”

(Writer Amos Oz remembers Shimon Peres, 28/9/2016)

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“There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people.”

(US President Barack Obama pays tribute to former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 28/09/2016)

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“If Hamas is indeed removed from the terrorist list, then this will be the lowest and most worrying point for European Jewry in 70 years.”

(European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor on the EU’s moving towards taking Hamas off the EU terrorist list, 26/09/2016)

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“Perhaps the most important reason not to give up on peace is that there is no good alternative. Crisis management, otherwise known as the status quo, has an expiration date. Israel has everything to gain from good relations with a stable neighbour, but should fear that Palestinians who believe in cooperation, on anything from security to trade, are dwindling along with their diminishing sense that progress is still possible towards the legitimate aspiration for statehood.”

(EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen writing in the Jerusalem Post on International Day of Peace, 21/09/2016)

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“Until now, Israel’s greatest challenge has been security. But now the prevention of racism and hatred has become one of the most acute and strategic problems of Israel. If Jews are taught that Arabs are evil, and Arabs are taught that Jews are evil, we will never be able to live together.”

(President Reuven Rivlin speaking on the State Comptroller’s report on racism in schools, 22/09/2016)

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“Israel has no greater friend than the United States of America, and America has no greater friend than Israel. Our alliance is an unbreakable bond based on common values, buttressed by common interests, and bound by a shared destiny.”

(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his meeting with US President Barak Obama, via Facebook, 21/09/2016)

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