Stephen Hawking to Visit Israel for Peres Conference

British astrophysicist will participate in President Shimon Peres' annual "Facing Tomorrow" conference.

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British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking will visit Israel in June to participate in President Shimon Peres' annual "Facing Tomorrow" conference.

Hawking's participation was confirmed Wednesday by Israeli media reported.

University, last visited Israel in 2006 at the invitation of the British Embassy.

The conference, which is in its fifth year, gathers world leaders and intellectuals for public discussions on a variety of subjects.

Hawking, who has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, cannot move his body and uses a wheelchair. He communicates through a computerized voice system.

Stephen Hawking (center) enjoys zero gravity during a flight aboard a modified Boeing 727 aircraft. April 27th, 2007.Credit: NASA

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