The Jerusalem Post reports:
In June 2014, just prior to the conclusion of his tenure as president, Shimon Peres flew to Rome where he joined Pope Francis and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a united prayer service for peace. At the completion of the service, the Pope urged both leaders to act with courage and to do their utmost to achieve peace in the Middle East.
Last week, Peres traveled not to Rome but to Paris on a similar quest – but this time Abbas was not part of the endeavor, nor was the Pope. Peres was more intent on speaking to the spiritual leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities of France.
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Turkey and Belgium, Peres who was in Paris to sign a cooperative agreement between UNESCO and the Peres Center for Peace, re-enforced a previous conviction that spiritual leaders can do more than politicians to stop the bloodshed.
Peres also met with Prime Minister Manuel Valls and President Francois Hollande on whom he impressed that the struggle against terrorism and against BDS is not only Israel’s fight, but a challenge that affects the whole world.
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