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It’s 93 Candles for Shimon Peres

The ninth prime minister of Israel was surprised by hundreds of IDF soldiers, who helped him ring in his 93rd birthday

by
Jonathan Zalman
August 02, 2016
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Yosef Angel

On Tuesday morning, hundreds of IDF officers and soldiers surprised Shimon Peres by fêting the 93-year-old former Israeli prime minister with cake and song, and then gifting him a shofar. Said the everlasting Peres in response:

“I’m not so young anymore, but I see you before me and know that we can expect a bright future. I am very proud of the army and proud of its commanders. They are the best gift I could ask for. If I borrow some of your youth I would do it, but they have not yet invented such a bank. Thank you.”

Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.

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