Former Israeli PM and President Shimon Peres passes away
Former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres passed away on 28 September 2016 in Ramat Gan, Israel. He was 93.
Peres was Israel’s most eminent elder statesman and was one of the last surviving pillars of Israel’s founding generation.
About Shimon Peres
- Peres was born on August 16, 1923 in the small village of Vishniewa, Poland.
- He was part of almost every major development from the country’s founding in 1948.
- He had played pioneering role build up Israel’s formidable military and was the prime mover behind the development of Israel’s nuclear weapons.
- He had served as Israel’s Prime Minister (twice) and also as Minister of Defence, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Transportation and until 2014 as President.
- He is best known for the 1993 Oslo Accords for peace and accommodation of Israel with the Arab world.
- He had shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the late former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 1994.