Shimon Peres returns to his roots

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 |  Yossi Aloni

Israeli President Shimon Peres recently paid an emotional visit to the national headquarters of the "Borochov" Labor Youth movement where he served as a counselor in 1940s pre-state Israel.

Hundreds of current participants in the movement flocked to the visiting president in a reminder of his days as "counselor Shimon."

Peres addressed the opening of the summer holidays and called on youth across Israel to take advantage of the summer freedom to attend camps and participate in similar youth movements.

"This summer, I recommend getting to know the land, not in airplanes and cars, but on foot," said the president. "The State of Israel is rich with hidden beauty, and this is the best way to learn to learn the history of what we have done here."

The visit was clearly very nostalgic for the president.

"The Labor Youth marked the peak of my happiness," Peres said as he reminisced about his days as a counselor. "We were young, happy, busy, and working. Clearing land for new settlements and working with our hands. That settlement work laid the foundation for all of our advancements today."

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