(New York, NY -- June 13, 2007) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, sends its warmest congratulations to Shimon Peres upon his election as Israel’s ninth president. In a statement today, June Walker, National President of Hadassah, said:
“Shimon Peres is a true statesman and richly deserves to be president of Israel. He is one of the founding generation of Israelis, of pioneers who came from Europe to build a nation that is a homeland for all Jews and reflects the values of Judaism. We must treasure and exalt the remaining members of this generation who have brought Jews everywhere so much honor.”
Hadassah has had a relationship with Shimon Peres over the course of his long and varied career of public service to Israel. In 1995, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin shared the Henrietta Szold Award, Hadassah’s highest honor, awarded for their initiation of the peace process with the Palestinians. In addition, the Hadassah Medical Organization is an active partner with the Peres Center for Peace in a number of projects, most prominently one that provides Palestinian pediatric patients with advanced cardiac care.