Shimon Peres, Nobel winner and giant of Israeli politics, dies at 93

Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s defining political figures and a Nobel peace prize laureate, has died at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

Peres had twice served as prime
minister of Israel and later as the
country’s ninth president. He had been seriously ill on a respirator in an Israeli hospital near Tel Aviv and died after his condition deteriorated sharply.

Among those who have said they will attend his funeral and burial on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl on Friday are president Barack Obama, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband former president Bill Clinton, as well as Prince Charles and the French president Francois Hollande.

In over six decades of political life his defining achievement was as one of the key architects of the Oslo peace accords, for which he was jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with the then Israeli
prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, and
Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the
Palestine Liberation Organisation in 1994.

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