Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Spain 'goes nuclear' on Catalonia

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton says Trump 'channels' racism

Read more

THE DEBATE

Moment of truth: Spain sets in motion direct rule over Catalonia

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Must it come down? Market analysts bracing for correction

Read more

FOCUS

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France considers tough new laws to crack down on sexual harassment

Read more

ENCORE!

Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

California: When your home is reduced to ashes

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

Read more

Middle East france 24

Oslo negotiator recalls ‘Fellini’ moment with Shimon Peres

© AFP archive | Shimon Peres joins an Israeli dance troupe in traditional folk dances in Tel Aviv on September 2003

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-09-29

On a secret visit to Morocco, former Israeli president Shimon Peres asked if it was possible to go and see a dance show. An impossible request, a former Israeli negotiator said, so the show was brought to him.

Yossi Beilin, who initiated the Oslo Process (that would lead to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority), told FRANCE 24 his former boss was a “workaholic” who also “liked to dance and entertain”.

Recounting the visit to Morocco, he said a 20-piece dancing group was brought to their hotel in Marrakech when security advisors baulked at the idea of the Israeli leader visiting a club during the secret visit.

“It was like a Fellini movie,” he said. “There were just the two of us in the room, watching this group of 20 dancers and musicians.”

Peres, who died aged 93 on Wednesday, was “a combination of somebody who loved to work and did not go on any vacations, but didn’t give up on the nice things in life”.

Date created : 2016-09-29

  • ISRAEL

    World leaders mourn giant of Israeli politics Shimon Peres

    Read more

  • ISRAEL

    Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

    Read more

  • ISRAEL

    Former Israeli president Shimon Peres ‘fighting for his life’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)