Former President Shimon Peres was not invited to a ceremony at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem on Sunday, which was held to honor former Prime Ministers and Presidents who have passed away.
The publicity center that organized the event apparently forgot to send an invite to Peres, who also served as Prime Minister in the past, and likewise forgot to invite the family of former President Yitzhak Navon who passed away just several months ago, reports Channel 2.
A check with Peres' office found that he received no invite. The publicity center said in response to the report: "this was a mishap, the matter will be checked and lessons will be learned."
Peres, who recently suffered a minor heart attack, holds a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the 1994 Oslo Accords, which created and armed the Palestinian Authority (PA) and led to the 2000 Second Intifada or Oslo War in which over 1,000 Israelis were murdered.
He has made numerous controversial statements in the past. In recent months alone he called the lethal wave of Arab terror a "protest," and claimed Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is fighting terrorism, despite the blatant incitement to attacks from Abbas and his PA and Fatah organizations, as well as their financial support of terror.
In the event on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave a speech in which he talked about his acquaintance with former Prime Minister Ariel "Arik" Sharon.
"At the start of the 2000s there was a need to quash the terror that rose. In 2002 Arik decided to launch Operation Defensive Shield, which merited wide public support – a shattering of the terror infrastructures in Judea and Samaria," said Netanyahu. "The Palestinians came to know that we were not hesitating to go deep into the territory in order to return the security to citizens of Israel."
Noting on the current terror wave, he said, "we are implementing this principle: entry into every location, at any time needed – and the drop we are seeing in the number of terror incidents is a result of, among other things, this policy and the way in which it is implemented by the IDF, the Shabak (Israeli Security Agency – ed.) and the Israel police."
During the ceremony President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nehama awarded a prize to commemorate the first Israeli President Chaim Weizmann to the "young historians" program. A prize commemorating Sharon was also given.