Posted by Iris Hami on Jun 24, 2013 9:30:06 AM
Shimon Peres celebrated his 90th birthday in style, with a party last week attended by Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro and Sharon Stone. But, the biggest gift of all came from the newly minted Dr. Barbra Streisand who performed at the event.
For the festivities, Bill Clinton is being paid $500,000 to speak at an event today at Peres Academic Center in Rehovot, the Daily Mail reports. The Jewish National Fund is fronting the bill, donating the money to Clinton’s charity, The William J. Clinton Foundation.
And what’s a party without a serenade from Barbara Streisand? The Jerusalem Post reports that the singer arrived in Israel on June 15 with her dog in tow. Streisand will sing at the main event on Tuesday night, which will kick off this week’s Israeli Presidential Conference at Hebrew University.
According to Ynet, more than 3,000 guests from around the world will toast the Nobel laureate at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. Streisand will be in good, and famous, company—other guests include Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and a video guest appearance from Barack Obama. But if anyone bought Peres an iPad mini, they should probably just return it:
Peres has asked that those invited not bring him gifts. “It is not something celebratory that I grew by a year, but it is a good opportunity to show the world Israel’s accomplishments, and for this I am happy.
For some more about Peres, here’s his recent Washington Post interview.