Grapevine: Clearing a path

As the president of all the citizens of Israel, Shimon Peres either hosts or participates in major Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious festivals.

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December 26, 2013 11:11
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Peres at Christmas ceremony.. (photo credit: GPO)

 
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As the president of all the citizens of Israel, Shimon Peres either hosts or participates in major Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious festivals. In addition to Rosh Hashana and Hanukka, he celebrates Christmas with members of the Christian community and hosts an Iftar dinner for leaders of the Muslim community.

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