For­mer Is­raeli PM Peres dies

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For­mer Is­raeli PM and pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres has died aged 93. He suf­fered a stroke two weeks ago and his con­di­tion im­proved be­fore a sud­den de­te­ri­o­ra­tion on Tues­day. Mr Peres, who was one of the last of a gen­er­a­tion of Is­raeli politi­cians present at the new na­tion’s birth in 1948, served twice as the coun­try’s Prime Min­is­ter and once as Pres­i­dent. He won the No­bel Peace prize in 1994 for his role ne­go­ti­at­ing peace ac­cords with the Pales­tini­ans a year ear­lier. Mr Peres shared that ac­co­lade with Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Ra­bin, who was later as­sas­si­nated, and Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat. He main­tained an ac­tive pub­lic sched­ule into old age, mostly through his non­govern­men­tal Peres Cen­tre for Peace, which pro­motes closer ties be­tween Israel and the Pales­tini­ans. He was the ar­chi­tect of Israel’s se­cret nu­clear pro­gramme.

Shi­mon Peres (mid­dle), shared the 1994 No­bel Peace Prize ac­co­lade with Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Ra­bin (right), who was later as­sas­si­nated, and Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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