Shimon Perez, nobel laureate and former Isreali Prime Minister, has died at 93 following complications from a massive stroke he suffered two weeks ago. Peres advocated a two state solution for the Israeli-Pelestinian conflict, and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for the Oslo accords, in 1994. He was the first Israeli Prime Minister to speak before a Muslim country’s legislature, when he addressed the Turkish government. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
“Shimon Peres, the Israeli elder statesman who shared a Nobel Prize for forging a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, has died. He served as a constant force for generations in Israeli politics.
In top leadership roles over the decades — including Prime Minister and President — the Labor Party veteran became a face of the Jewish State, instantly recognized and well-respected in Israel and across the globe.” (CNN.com)
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