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Israeli President Shimon Peres begins four-day L.A. visit

PeresIsraeli President Shimon Peres is concluding a U.S. visit with a four-day stop in Southern California, where he will meet with entertainment executives and Jewish community leaders.

He will participate Thursday night in a conversation at the Beverly Hilton about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the threat of Iran and the entertainment industry.

Other participants will include Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., local Consul General David Seigel and officials from the Jewish Federation.

On Friday, Peres plans to visit DreamWorks Animation studio. During his visit to the Southland he will also attend a Hollywood reception and a meeting with Jewish and Latino leaders.

Earlier in the week, Peres was in New York and Washington. On Wednesday he was in the Bay Area and stopped at the Menlo Park headquarters of Facebook, where he created his own page.

Peres, 88, has been president since 2007. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his efforts to foster peace in the Middle East. He shared the prize with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.

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Photo: Shimon Peres speaking in Israel in 2004. Credit: Ariel Schalit / Associated Press

 
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