Jerusalem, Sep 28: Shimon Peres, the former Israeli president and the nation’s eldest statesman has died on Wednesday morning.
Peres aged 93 died at a hospital outside Tel Aviv, two weeks after he suffered a stroke, Xinhua news agency quoted a spokesperson for the hospital as saying.
The elder statesman was put in a medically induced coma after significant bleeding in the brain. Doctors had said his condition was improving before he suffered a severe setback on Tuesday, ultimately ending in his death on Wednesday, the official government Israel News Agency reported.
Peres, a Nobel prize-winner and one of Israel’s founding fathers lead his country towards peace.
Peres was admired for some of its most defining moments, from creating its nuclear arsenal in the 1950s, to disentangling its troops from Lebanon and rescuing its economy from triple-digit inflation in the 1980s, to guiding a skeptical nation into peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s.The most admired leader Peres first became a member of Israel’s parliament,in year 1959 . He held virtually every senior political office in Israel during his seven-decade career, including three terms as prime minister, as well as stints as foreign minister and finance minister.
He shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an interim peace agreement with the Palestinians, claiming it alongside late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israel’s former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by an Israeli ultra-nationalist who opposed the interim accords — which never hardened into a lasting treaty — and it was Peres who took over as prime minister after Rabin’s death.
As president, a largely ceremonial office he won in 2007, he cultivated an image as the country’s elder statesman and became a popular fixture at international conferences like the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Peres remained active since completing his seven-year term as president in 2014 and was one of the country’s most admirable leaders.
He often participated in many public events at his peace centre, bringing together Arabs and Jews in efforts to promote peace and coexistence.
The Centre of Israel and Jewish Affairs, a Canadian advocacy group, hailed Peres as a leader who “embodied the timeless aspiration of the Israeli people for a future in which their children will live in peace and security.”
“President Shimon Peres was a visionary, statesman, philanthropist and a giant of Israeli life whose private and professional accomplishments over seven decades read like the history of the modern state of Israel,” said David J. Cape, CIJA Chair.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death and said the world has lost a key leader and friend of India.