Shimon Peres, Israel’s longest-serving politician and statesman, died Wednesday at the age of 93. Among the last of a founding generation of Zionists who defined the modern Jewish State, his life closely mirrored that of the state of Israel.
Peres, who held the record of world’s oldest-serving statesman when he stepped down as Israel’s president in July 2014 at the age of 91, was still working in various diplomatic outreach programs at the time of his death. He had served in nearly every Israeli government since the country’s inception — but had never won a popular vote.
The last decades of his life were spent trying to reach a peace deal between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, yet his death was yet another reminder of how elusive that peace remains. Peres was, to many, the last Israeli leader accepted as a peace envoy both among Israelis, Palestinians, and the international community. He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize


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