Shimon Peres z”l 1923 – 2016
Anglo-List and all its members mourn the passing of Shimon Peres. Baruch Dayan Emmet.
–President of the State of Israel 2007 – 2014
–Prime Minister of Israel 1995 – 1996
-Acting Prime Minister of Israel 1995
-Prime Minister of Israel 1984 – 1986
-Minister of Defense, Finance and Foreign Affairs
-Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
-Politician, statesman, peacemaker, historic-figure, beloved father and grand-father.
Greatly respected and much loved by members of the international and Israeli community.
Our deepest sympathies to his family. May his memory be a blessing.
About Shimon Peres
Born Szymon Perski on the 2nd August 1923 in Wiszniew, Poland. He was a member of 12 cabinets and his political career spanned 66 years.
He was married to Sonya Gelman who preferred to stay out of the political limelight. Shimon and Sonya had 3 children;
- Chemi (Nechemia) is the co-founder and managing general partner of Pitango Venture Capital, the largest venture capital fund in Israel
- Tsvia Walden, his daughter, is a psycholinguist and currently a professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba
- Yoni is a veterinarian, who founded the Village Veterinary Center in Tel Aviv
The Peres Center for Peace was founded in 1996 by Shimon Peres, a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political organization whose mission is to promote peacebuilding between Israel and its neighbors (particularly between Israelis and Palestinians) as well as between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.
Shimon Peres authored these books:
- The Next Step (1965)
- David’s Sling (1970)
- And Now Tomorrow (1978)
- From These Men: seven founders of the State of Israel (1979)
- Entebbe Diary (1991)
- The New Middle East (1993)
- Battling for Peace: a memoir (1995)
- For the Future of Israel (1998)
- The Imaginary Voyage: With Theodor Herzl in Israel (1999)
- Ben Gurion: A Political Life (2011)
Shimon Peres will lie in state at the Knesset on Thursday, 29th September, 2016. The public are invited to pay their respects from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
On 30th September, 2016 his body will be transferred from the Knesset to Mt. Herzl at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will commence at 9:30 a.m. and the burial will be at 12:00 p.m.
Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel: “Together with all the citizens of Israel and with the Jewish people, and many in the world, I bow my head in memory of our beloved, dear, Shimon Peres.”
Yisrael Katz – Minister of Transport: “Shimon Peres was an unbreakable part of the State of Israel’s history, from its creation until today”
Barak Obama: “The hope he gave us will burn forever”
Bill Clinton: “I will miss Shimon Peres, my brilliant and eloquent friend. His life was a blessing to all who strive for peace.”
Dan Rather: “Of all political leaders I have ever met, few commanded a room with as much grace, charm, and depth as Shimon Peres.”