Israeli President Shimon Peres celebrated his 86th birthday last week. He’s been in Israeli politics for more than half a century. And it turns out that during that whole time, he’s also been writing poems, inspired by the historical events he’s witnessed first hand. That poetry has now been set to music. At right, Israeli singer Shiri Maimon sings one of Peres’ poetic creations at his birthday party. Daniel Estrin has our story.
Here’s a video of Israeli singer Harel Skaat singing “A New Middle East” at Shimon Peres’ birthday bash: