Former Israeli PM Peres dies
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.