Peres celebrates his 89th birthday
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Peres celebrates his 89th birthday

'My wish is the same as ever,' says the president, 'that there be peace for the children of Israel'

President Shimon Peres celebrates his 89th birthday in Yeruham on Thursday (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90)
President Shimon Peres celebrates his 89th birthday in Yeruham on Thursday (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90)

President Shimon Peres celebrated his 89th birthday on Thursday in the southern town of Yeruham together with students and young people who prepared a festive cake for the birthday boy.

Peres blew out the candles, saying, “My wish is the same as ever: that there be peace for the children of Israel.”

“You made my birthday, I could not be any more excited. My biggest wish — a glimpse into the future — is what I got today,” he added. “Everything that happened in the past is nothing compared to the future. I hope the young people of today will see a better world”.

Peres noted that he was full of awe and appreciation for Yeruham, a town that for many years was economically depressed and in recent years has been undergoing a significant change of fortunes with the nearby construction of a huge complex of military training bases.

“For me to celebrate with you today and see first-hand the success stories of the town is the most wonderful birthday present I could wish for,” Peres said.

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