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Bono urges Israeli president Shimon Peres not to give up on peace

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 08/07/2015 | 11:34

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Bono

On the eve of the 1-year anniversary of Israel bombing Gaza, Bono has saluted former Israeli president, Shimon Peres.

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Speaking at a U2 concert in Toronto, at which Peres was present, Bono commended the work of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in trying to bring peace to the war-torn region.

“We understand President Peres, that you have tried to be the voice of reason. And you’ve dedicated a lot of your life… to try and bring peace in this really dangerous region. And we wish you and your family safe,” said the U2 frontman, before breaking into a rendition of U2’s ONE.

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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres kisses a girl during an event opening the training year of an Israeli-Palestinian soccer program launched by the Peres Center for Peace, in Kibbutz Dorot
Former Israeli president Shimon Peres kisses a girl during an event opening the training year of an Israeli-Palestinian soccer program launched by the Peres Center for Peace, in Kibbutz Dorot

Bono also urged the former president not to give up on a two-state solution to the conflict between Palestine and Israel, and presented him as “somebody who is active as the voice of reason in a region where the loudest voices are often the bellicose ones.”

“We wish that you who worked so hard in Oslo, for that incredible Oslo Accord: that you don’t give up the two state solution,” said the singer.

U2 were performing at the Air Canada Centre as part of their Innocence and Experience World Tour.

Last summer, the Israel-Gaza conflict lasted for almost two months and resulted in the deaths of 2,100 people, the vast majority of them Gazans.  

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