Israel’s ninth president and one of its founding fathers, Shimon Peres died on 09/27/16 at 93 following a stroke. An important figure in Israel’s politics, Peres worked side-by-side with Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and is credited with developing Israel’s military power and its nuclear program.
A statesman for over 50 years, Shimon Peres was a witness to and a co-creator of history in the Middle East. Internationally, Peres is best known for his efforts to create peace between Israel and Palestine, the two-state solution which culminated in signing of the Oslo accords. These efforts were awarded with a 1994 Nobel Peace Prize (which he shared with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat).
In response to the news of Peres death, President Barack Obama issued a statement which reads: “There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people.”
In his statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls Shimon Peres “above all, a man of peace.”