Peres Honored at World Economic Forum in Davos

Peres receives Spirit of Davos award for his contribution to the international conference over the years.

President Shimon Peres on Friday was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he accepted the Spirit of Davos award for his contribution to peace, economics and technology.

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, presented Peres – whom he called a "unique statesman" – with the award, a golden bell he said tolls for peace and harmony.

In accepting the honor, Peres said, "I would like to have you permission to take this bell around the Middle East" and ring it for peace. "We have to use it, not just to keep it," Peres said.

Peres, who has attended the Davos summit for years, on Thursday responded to Iranian President Hassan Rohani's speech, which called for closer ties with the West, saying, "The most significant remarks were the ones he didn’t make. He didn’t express support for peace in the Middle East."

“He is the only leader I know who didn’t say clearly that the time has come to make peace between Israel and the Arabs,” Peres said.