Mr Shimon Peres, president of the State of Israel, extended his congratulations to the newly crowned Champions of the Israeli Premier League, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi Tel Aviv owner Mitch Goldhar, his representative Jack Angelides and sports director Jordi Cruyff had the honour this week of meeting with Shimon Peres and discovered that after ten long years of waiting, Maccabi Tel Aviv's historic 2012/13 Premier League season Championship had not escaped the attention even of the president of the State of Israel.

Mr Peres expressed great interest in the events that led up to Maccabi Tel Aviv winning the league title, as well as in all of the other activities of the club, in particular the club's social activities that make such an important contribution to the welfare of the community as a whole. He also expressed his confidence the club will represent  the country with dignity in the upcoming season's European competitions.