Chemi Peres: "My father left behind a legacy that looks to the future, and he taught us to strive for peace and to promote innovation"
Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff under the administration of US President Barack Obama, arrived this morning (Monday) for a special visit to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, where he met with Chemi Peres, the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
During the meeting, Emanuel spoke about promoting cooperation between Chicago and Israeli high-tech professionals, researchers and entrepreneurs, as well as joining hands with the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. "I am very connected with the activities and values of the Peres Center, and I am happy to cooperate with you in order to promote dialogue and peace. It is important for us to advance cooperation with Israel, and we are proud of our universities and leading research institutes that are the top in the world. I support and promote Israeli business and academic initiatives in Chicago."
Emanuel added that he would work to promote the benefits of cooperation with Israelis: "I call on Israeli companies to extend their cooperation to Chicago. Our doors are open to Israeli high-tech professionals, researchers and entrepreneurs. I believe that joint investment will lead to bringing people together as well as promoting peace and dialogue."
During the meeting, Chemi Peres presented Rahm Emanuel with an autobiography by his father, the late Ninth President Shimon Peres, which was completed just a few months before his passing, entitled "No Room for Small Dreams." Chemi Peres: "One year from now, the Peres Center will open the Israeli Innovation Center, which will proudly present the remarkable story of Israel as the innovation nation, and of a nation rooted in values and peace. My father left behind a legacy that looks to the future, and taught us to strive and to work hard for peace and to promote innovation and entrepreneurship for a better world."
Chemi Peres added: "My father only regretted one thing - that he had not dreamed bigger dreams. He called on the leaders of tomorrow and the young generation to work for a better tomorrow, with innovation as a tool for 'Tikkun Olam'".
Rahm Emanuel was a close friend of the late Ninth President Shimon Peres, whom he met many times. One meeting that is especially memorable for the Emanuel family and for the Peres family took place in 2010 when Rahm Emanuel's son, Zak Emanuel, visited Israel to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. During the trip he met with Shimon Peres at the President's House.
Photo Credit: The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation