Shimon Peres was an Israeli icon. As all Israelis do, he served his country in the military (even before Israel declared statehood), and worked closely with David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan and other military and political icons. In a political career spanning over 65 years, he served twice as Israel’s Prime Minister, and was President from 2007 to 2014.
Following a stroke two weeks ago, Peres’ health took a turn for the worse early this week and family was called in. Peres died Wednesday (9/28/16) in Tel Aviv at the age of 93.
President Obama praised Peres by stating that he “was the essence of Israel itself-the courage of Israel’s fight for independence, the optimism he shared with his wife Sonya as they helped make the desert bloom, and the perseverance that led him to serve his nation in virtually every position in government across the entire life of the State of Israel. As Americans, we are in his debt because, having worked with every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy, no one did more over so many years as Shimon Peres to build the alliance between our two countries-an unbreakable alliance that today is closer and stronger than it has ever been.”
The world lost a good man…and Israel lost a national hero. Pray for the nation of Israel, and for Peres’ family, as they mourn his loss.