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Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies at 93

Shimon Peres, a former Israeli prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away on Sept. 28 after a massive stroke landed him in the hospital two weeks earlier. Peres, 93, fought for an independent Israel in 1948.

He served as the prime minister twice from 1995-96 and 2007-14. In a career spanning more than 70 years, he was a member of 12 cabinets and ever hopeful of peace between countries. He negotiated the Israel-Jordan peace treaty in 1994 and also participated in negotiations for Israel-Palestine peace with Yitzhak Rabin, then prime minister of Israel and Yasser Arafat, the leader of Palestine.

Born in Poland in 1923, Peres moved to British-mandate Palestine in 1932. His career was marked by his reputation for vanity and back-room dealings. However, he suddenly became a beloved figure in his old age.

“For 60 years I was the most controversial figure in the country, and suddenly I’m the most popular man in the land. Truth be told, I don’t know when I was happier, then or now.”

Condolence messages poured in from across the world, with many world leaders flying in for the final services.

Many people came to pay their respect while his body lay in front of the parliament building in Jerusalem.

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Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies at 93

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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