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Jerusalem - Israel On Edge After False Rumors On Shimon Peres Spread On Whatsapp

Published on: December 28, 2015 09:02 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Former Israeli president posted this photo on Facebook after false news spread through whatsapp and social media across Israel. (Facebook)Former Israeli president posted this photo on Facebook after false news spread through whatsapp and social media across Israel. (Facebook)

Jerusalem - Let’s start with the good news: Former Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres is feeling great.

Now lets backtrack a few hours:

“Is it true???” “Is Peres okay?” “Is it official?”

Many of those messages made their way to the Jpost desk Monday evening from concerned friends (and from curious readers).

Like many rumors, the origin of this false news was uncertain, but it spread through whatsapp and social media across the country. The supposed rumors varied: Some heard of Peres’ supposed big health decline, others were sure that worse - he had passed away.


What triggered these rumors?

Some say, it was a newspaper obituary of a late Shimon Peres (that had nothing to do with the former president), that started the chain of whatsapp rumors:

Peres’s chambers were quick to respond and sent reporters this short statement: “We want to clarify that the rumors are false. Israel’s 9th president Shimon Peres is feeling great and is continuing to work from morning to night.”

Later it was Peres himself who posted on his official Facebook page: “I wish to thank the citizens of Israel for the support, concern and interest, and wish to clarify that the rumors are false. I’m continuing with my daily schedule as usual to do do whatever I can to assist The State of Israel and its citizens.”

Until 120 and beyond!

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 Dec 29, 2015 at 02:03 AM lazerx Says:

I got the message on whatsapp and realized immediately that it was not former Israeli president Shimon Peres, why? Peres never served in the IDF, he was all the time in knesset type jobs that got him off...


 Dec 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM Mayer Says:

Correct. The Shimon Peres z"l who died was a real hero not a paper tiger from the left wing. Ask anyone from Kiryat Bialik who knew him. There is no mention on the official Israeli Government Presidents' web site that former President and political loser Shimon Perski [his real name] ever served in the IDF. In his youth he was a shomer Shabbos. In his twilight years he has become anti everything kodesh to Am Yisroel.


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