Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was treated to a special tribute from Bono, while on a trip to Canada.
The Jewish leader is in Toronto and happened to take in a U2 concert. Upon learning the elder statesman was in the crowd, the band frontrunner dedicated a special version of “One” to Peres.
“Somebody here who’s got one of the hardest jobs on earth…. somebody who has acted as the voice of reason in a region where the loudest voices are often the bellicose ones. Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres is here in the house tonight,” said Bono from the stage.
“We understand, president Peres, that you have tried to be the voice of reason. And you’ve dedicated a lot of your life, all of your life, to try and bring peace in this really dangerous region.
“And we wish you and your family safe. We wish that you, who worked so hard for that incredible Oslo Accord, that you don’t give up on the two-state solution. At age 92, we know we can count on you.”
“We’re going to sing this song with two ancient peoples in mind. This is called ‘One’. Thanks, Mr. President, we’re all going to sing it to you.”
After the show, Peres met the band backstage, embracing Bono and thanking him for the kind words.
“Thank you, Bono and U2, for the surprise you gave me during the show, and encouraging the 20,000 crowd to cheer for Israel and the Middle East.”
Watch the tribute in the video below, at the 17.30 minute mark: