Peres and old-friend 'Ben-Gurion' celebrate Shavuot

The president visits kibbutz Nir Yitzhak where here takes part in "Bikkurim," feeds a calf and dances with children.

May 13, 2013 16:34
President Shimon Peres with "Ben-Gurion" during visit to kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, May 13, 2013.

Peres with "Ben Gurion" 370. (photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)

President Shimon Peres celebrated Shavuot on Monday at kibbutz Nir Yitzhak in southern Israel with an unexpected guest.

The president was moved to tears when an actor dressed as Peres's old friend, former prime minister David Ben-Gurion, joined the celebrations to award the president with a certificate making him an honorary member of the kibbutz.

"I was looking at Ben-Gurion earlier and I had tears in my eyes, I really wish he could've seen you make his dream in the Negev into a reality," Peres told the people of Nir Yitzhak.

The president took part of the Shavuot mitzva of "Bikkurim," in which farmers bring their first fruits, reminiscent of when they brought their harvest to the Temple, danced the children of the kibbutz, and even got to return to the days of his youth at the kibbutz and feed a calf.

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