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Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres dead at 93

Former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93.
Peres, one of the last surviving founders of Israel, passed away on Wednesday (28Sep16) in a hospital in Tel Aviv, almost two weeks after he suffered a stroke. He had been in intensive care.
Peres’ political career spanned seven decades from before the new nation’s birth in 1948 until the present. He served short terms as prime minister before he was elected president from 2007 until 2014.
He is best known for his stints as Israel’s foreign minister and shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his work on the Oslo Accords, a 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that was hoped to end the conflict between the two regions.
He was also Minister of Defence, Minister of Finance and Minister of Transportation during his career.
Current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his grief in a statement, which reads, “Like all the citizens of Israel, the whole Jewish people, and many in the world, I bow my head in memory of our beloved Shimon Peres… he worked until his last days toward reconciliation with our neighbours for a better future for our children.”
U.S. President Barack Obama issued a lengthy statement, which concluded, “Tonight, I can think of no greater tribute to his life than to renew our commitment to the peace that we know is possible. Our thoughts are with his children Zvia, Yoni and Chemi, their families and all who loved and admired Shimon Peres, of blessed memory.
“A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever. Shimon Peres was a soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves – to the very end of our time on Earth, and in the legacy that we leave to others.”

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