For­mer pre­mier passes away

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For­mer Is­raeli pres­i­dent and prime min­is­ter Shi­mon Peres died early yes­ter­day. He was 93. His son, Chemi, con­firmed his father’s death to re­porters gath­ered at the hos­pi­tal where Peres had been treated for the past two weeks. Peres’ con­di­tion wors­ened fol­low­ing a ma­jor stroke two weeks ago that led to bleed­ing in his brain. He was se­dated and on a res­pi­ra­tor dur­ing most of his hos­pi­tal­iza­tion. “To­day with deep sor­row we bid farewell to our beloved father, the ninth pres­i­dent of Is­rael,” Chemi Peres said. Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu is­sued a state­ment mourn­ing the pass­ing of Peres. He said he will con­vene his Cabi­net for a spe­cial ses­sion later in the day. Af­ter that, a spe­cial com­mit­tee is due to pre­pare ar­range­ments for a fu­neral that many in­ter­na­tional dig­ni­taries and world lead­ers are ex­pected to at­tend. Of­fi­cials said that Peres’ body would lie in state at the Knes­set, or par­lia­ment, to­day to al­low the pub­lic to pay fi­nal re­spects. His fu­neral was set for to­mor­row at Mount Herzl, the coun­try’s na­tional ceme­tery in Jerusalem. Yona Bar­tal, a for­mer per­sonal aide to Peres, said the ar­range­ments were in line with his wishes. For­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton said they “lost a true and trea­sured friend”. They called him “a ge­nius with a big heart who used his gifts to imag­ine a fu­ture of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, not con­flict”.

FRIENDS: Bill Clin­ton with Shi­mon Peres

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