15 December 2018 - 8 Tevet 5779 - ח' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dies E-mail

Israel’s elder statesman Shimon Peres passed away at the age of 93 from a stroke on 28 September in a Tel Aviv hospital. World leaders, hundreds of dignitaries and diplomats representing around 70 countries assembled for his funeral on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzyl national cemetery on 30 September.

Born in 1923, Wołożyn, Poland (now Valozhyn, Belarus), he immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of eleven and grew up in Tel Aviv.

Peres served as both prime minister (1984–86 and 1995– 96) and president (2007–14) and as leader of the Israel Labour Party (1977–92, 1995–97 and 2003–05). Peres was the county’s ninth President.

In 1993, in his role as Israeli foreign minister, Peres helped negotiate a peace accord with Yāsir Arafāt, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), for which they, along with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994. “Now his work is in the hands of Israel’s next generation,” US President Barack Obama said during the funeral. Israel’s Prime Minister Delivering a eulogy, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “That so many leaders came from around the world to bid farewell to Shimon is a testament to his optimism, his quest for peace.” Former US President Bill Clinton, who helped negotiate the Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians in the 1990s, said he was Israel’s “biggest dreamer”.

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