President Shimon Peres on Friday sent a letter of congratulations to US President Barack Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Prize for Peace, telling the American leader that under his leadership, peace became a "real and original agenda."
"Very few leaders if at all were able to change the mood of the entire world in such a short while with such profound impact. You provided the entire humanity with fresh hope, with intellectual determination, and a feeling that there is a lord in heaven and believers on earth," Peres, himself a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, wrote to Obama.
"Under your leadership, peace became a real and original agenda. And from Jerusalem, I am sure all the bells of engagement and understanding will ring again. You gave us a license to dream and act in a noble direction," the president concluded.