Sad news for the people of Israel.
Shimon Peres, one of the country's last remaining founders, passed away on Wednesday in a Tel Aviv area hospital. The former president of Israel was 93-years-old.
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It's said the longtime statesman died only two weeks after having suffered from a stroke. According to the New York Times, Peres' doctors kept him unconscious and on a breathing tube following his stroke in the hopes that he could recover from the brain damage. Unfortunately, Shimon did not get better as his son Nehemya Peres and personal physician/son-in-law Dr. Rafi Walden confirmed his death outside the Sheba Medical Center.
In addition to serving as president between 2007 and 2014, Peres served as his country's prime minister TWICE and had also been the minister of defense, foreign affairs, finance, and transportation. Not to mention, in 1994 Shimon was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin. Now that's a legacy to leave behind.
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So it's no wonder President Barack Obama and several of our other former presidents have since commented on Peres' death. In a recent statement, President Obama noted:
"Tonight, Michelle and I join people across Israel, the United States and around the world in honoring the extraordinary life of our dear friend Shimon Peres. A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever."
Tissues, anyone? Of course, President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton had something to say about Shimon's passing as they added:
"I'll never forget how happy he was 23 years ago when he signed the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn, heralding a more hopeful era in Israeli-Palestinian relations. His critics called him a dreamer. That he was – a lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end. Thank goodness."
Well said! Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush weighed in on this tragic death too. GWB expressed in a statement:
"For the rest of his life, he led it with a deep and abiding concern for his people and a commitment to freedom and peace. The Bush family will miss Shimon Peres and his grace, dignity, and optimism."
As for his father Bush Sr., he commented:
"Barbara and I join Shimon Peres' countless admirers around the world in saluting his singular life of service — to the universal cause of freedom, to the timeless cause of Israel, to the noblest cause of peace. It was by his innate humanity, his decency, that Shimon inspired the world over and helped pave a path to peace broad enough that future generations will walk it one day, side-by side."
The late politician is survived by his three children and their respective families. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this loss.
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