From the Jerusalem Post:
Peres cancels trip to London Olympics
President nixes trip because no hotels walking distance from Friday night opening ceremonies available
The opening ceremony of the London Olympics will take place on a Friday evening. There are no hotels within walking distance of the stadium. Peres, who is a good walker, would not have mind walking the extra mile if there was a hotel at the end of it – but there isn’t, aside from which it would place a most unenviable burden on his security detail.
Rather than publicly desecrate the Sabbath, Peres chose to cancel his participation in the opening of the 2012 Olympics, though he would have dearly liked to cheer the Israeli team, as he did in Beijing.
Peres is not personally observant, but in his ministerial and presidential roles has always taken care to publicly observe the Sabbath and the dietary laws.
I never knew Peres was respectful like that. Well done him. It’s an example others could learn from. (I don’t even want to know where the team are staying…)
You can read the whole story here.