by  Cecilia Gault


Israeli President Shimon Peres talks to Kid Reporter

Subject (tags/key words): Communities and Ways of Life, Europe, Middle East, Social Issues and Conditions, People, Places, and Environments

Kids are the path to peace in the Middle East, Israeli President Shimon Peres told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps this week.

“We want to make peace with our neighbors,” he said in an interview the day before the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. “And we would like children, all the children like you, Arabs, Jews, Christians, to co-exist in peace.”

On Monday, President Peres continued to talk of peace and co-existence with his Palestinian neighbors in the Middle East as he addressed the 65th session of the General Assembly at the UN in New York City.

“I believe that the Middle East has room for every person, every nation, every religion,” he said. “Israel will continue to exist and aspire to peace with its neighbors.”

The General Assembly, which is the main planning and policy-making group of the United Nations, meets every year from September to December. It includes all 192 members of the UN.

A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Peres told this Kid Reporter about the Peres Center for Peace and Camp Coexistence for young people. At Camp Coexistence, Israeli and Palestine children learn teamwork and understanding through sports, travel, and other activities.

“I think it is very successful, because it calls on young people,” Peres said of the camp. “The earlier you start to do the right things, the better it is and the longer it remains.”

Currently, more than 10,000 Israeli and Palestine youth participate in the program.

He stressed the importance of spreading a culture of peace among young people, noting “the future belongs to the young people. We are too old to have a future, but you are young enough to make a new future and let us follow.”

Peres witnessed the birth of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. Since then, he has seen his country plagued with war and terrorism, but he has remained optimistic.

“I find that the greatest experience in life, and I suggest it to you as well, is to dream,” he told this Kid Reporter. “Because you can’t dream about things that don’t exist…yet. When you dream great and nice dreams, it may eventually become a new reality. You and me, both of us, are trying to make the world a better place to live. We begin with a dream to better the world.”



“Let us tear down the walls of our hearts in order to tear down the walls of concrete”

– Fouad Twal (top Roman Catholic official in the Holy land and Palestinian citizen of Jordan)