Is­rael’s ex-pre­si­dent Pe­res pas­ses away at 93

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

JERUSALEM - Shi­mon Pe­res, Is­rael’s for­mer pre­si­dent and its el­dest sta­tes­man, pas­sed away in a hos­pi­tal out­si­de Tel Aviv yes­ter­day, two weeks af­ter he suf­fe­red a stro­ke, a spo­kesper­son for the hos­pi­tal con­fir­med to Xin­hua. Pe­res, a No­bel Pea­ce Pri­ze lau­re­a­te and one of the most cen­tral fi­gu­res in Is­rae­li po­li­tics, died at the age of 93. Pe­res had been se­da­ted and on res­pi­ra­tor sin­ce he suf­fe­red a stro­ke on Sep­tem­ber 13 and hos­pi­ta­li­zed at the Chaim She­ba Me­di­cal Cen­ter out­si­de Tel Aviv. His fa­mi­ly was ex­pec­ted to gi­ve a sta­te­ment. On Tues­day, lo­cal me­dia re­por­ted that the ve­te­ran sta­tes­man was “fighting for his li­fe” af­ter a cri­ti­cal de­te­ri­o­ra­ti­on in his con­di­ti­on. Fa­mi­ly mem­bers and clo­se friends we­re in­vi­ted by the doc­tors to say good­bye. He was born as Szy­mon Per­ski in 1923 in a Po­lish town now known as Vis­h­ny­e­va in Be­la­rus. In 1934, he and his fa­mi­ly im­mi­gra­ted to Is­rael, than known as Pa­les­ti­ne. His ne­ar­ly 70year po­li­ti­cal ca­reer co­ver­ed al­most eve­ry role in the po­li­ti­cal are­na, in­clu­ding pre­si­dent, two terms of pri­me mi­nis­ter, fo­reign mi­nis­ter, de­fen­se mi­nis­ter, fi­nan­ce mi­nis­ter, chair­man of the La­bor par­ty, and lea­der of the op­po­si­ti­on in the par­li­a­ment. Pe­res, who es­ta­blis­hed Is­rael’s nu­clear pro­gram, al­so won the No­bel Pea­ce Pri­ze in 1994 for his part in for­ging the pea­ce ac­cords with the Pa­les­ti­nians a year ear­lier. Chair­man of the La­bor par­ty, Is­sac Her­zog, said in a sta­te­ment that Pe­res was “one of Is­rael’s gre­a­test lea­ders ... He was a men­tor, a friend and a gre­at lea­der who will be re­mem­be­red fo­re­ver in the his­to­ry of Is­rael.”


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