Shimon Peres is the 9th President of the State of Israel. He is a senior Israeli statesman with a political career spanning more than 65 years. He joined the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until June 13, 2007, the day he was elected President of Israel.
In April 2001, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres called the Armenian Genocide "meaningless." More recently, many Jewish organizations in the US supported the waiver of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, undermining the concerns and safety of Armenians.