Ex-Israeli President Shimon Peres's funeral on Friday


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a brief statement about the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in the Hall of Honour during caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday September 28, 2016.

Separately, former President Bill Clinton, who presided over the Oslo peace accords that led to the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for Peres, Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, ‎issued a statement in his name and that of his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The 93-year-old Peres died due to complications of a stroke.

He had a vision of a new Middle East, bound together in peace through economic co-operation.

He said Peres had remained healthy and vibrant up until a stroke two weeks ago, adding that his family was always in awe of his lasting influence, recalling how world leaders would stand before him "like students standing before the rabbi". That he was - a lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end. "Let those of us who loved him and love his nation keep his dream alive".

B'nai B'rith global said in a statement: "The history of the State of Israel can not be written without including Peres and his myriad accomplishments during a almost 70-year career in public service".

Peres co-operated with his fierce political rival Yitzhak Rabin to secure an interim peace accord with Egypt which formed the basis of the historic treaty signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

On two occasions, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel to cover the Tomorrow presidential conferences, an annual series staged by Peres until the last couple of years. "By his unyielding determination and principle, Shimon Peres time and again helped guide his beloved country through the crucible of mortal challenge", Mr.

In an unprecedented seven-decade political career, Peres filled almost every position in Israeli public life and was credited with leading the country through some of its most defining moments, from creating what is believed to be a nuclear arsenal in the 1950s, to disentangling its troops from Lebanon and rescuing its economy from triple-digit inflation in the 1980s, to guiding a skeptical nation into peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s.

"But he was also a tough guy", Egeland said, recalling the furious response he got after condemning the Israeli shelling of a United Nations refugee camp in southern Lebanon in 1996.

Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund: "He was a true leader, one who reminded all of us that the right choices are often hard and unpopular". This April, Mr Lee had called on him at the Peres Centre of Peace during his visit to Israel.

He was a voice of reason who also happened to have the sensibility of a poet.thoughtful and soft-spoken, but his words echoed loudly around the world. He was the last surviving member of the generation of Israel's founding fathers.

Even when the Israeli Cabinet met to discuss the terrorists' demands, Peres was first to speak with "impassioned address on the implications of capitulation to terrorist blackmail" but was cut short by Rabin contemptuously, who adjourned the meeting so they think over the matter "before the Defence Minister sermonises any further".



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