Israeli President Shimon Peres receives special award at Davos

Israeli President Shimon Peres. Credit: World Economic Forum.

( Israeli President Shimon Peres received the “Spirit of Davos” award at a special plenary session during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Upon receiving the award, Peres was praised by WEF Founder Klaus Schwab for his “vision, soul, values, heart, and his compassion, which he has shown again and again.”

During a question-and-answer session that followed, Peres called himself a “dissatisfied optimist” and said he believes that hostilities between Israel and Iran won’t go on forever.

“For us, Iran is not an enemy. We don’t want to fight. We are not historically hostile,” Peres said.

Posted on January 24, 2014 .