(photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90) (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90)

Israeli President Shimon Peres who is 89 years old, hosted a group of Israelis who are over 100 years old, in his Jerusalem residence.

The President remarked: “When you look at me, you probably see a kindergarten kid, while I look at you and see the people who have turned the State of Israel into a flourishing garden. Each and every one of you is 100 years old [or older], and all in all, we have gathered here some 10,000 years of Israeli history…Israel began as a small land, with no water, oil, or gold; with swamps and a harsh climate. And suddenly, out of thin air, you built our state and our people. You are the entire story of the State of Israel.”

The President continued and said: “I’m not crazy about retirement, and I don’t go on vacations — it’s boring. “Public service gives the greatest pleasure, and I’m sure that even people as old as you can still help and serve your country, to teach your children what you’ve accomplished and to make them understand that they, too, are capable.”

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