This Wednesday Israel woke up to the sad news that Shimon Peres had died. He had been one of the founders of the state of Israel and in his later years one of the most popular figures of the country.
The news that Shimon Peres had died of a massive stroke was immediately broadcast over the media. The people of Israel stopped for a moment to think about the man and his political legacy.
Messages of support for the family soon started to arrive. Key figures of the political world expressed their regret at the news. People who had known Shimon Peres as a statesman and who also had an appreciation for the man on a personal level.
Shimon Peres Dies This Wednesday
Shimon Peres died at the age of 93. He passed away before dawn this Wednesday, at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv. He was surrounded by family and loved ones.
This morning, his son, Chemi Peres, walked out to share the news with the press. He wanted to thank those who had offered their support and their prayers. Shimon Peres had been in hospital since suffering a massive stroke, earlier in the month. His doctors were cautiously optimistic that he might make a recovery. But this Tuesday his condition took a turn for the worst. Within 24 hours it deteriorated rapidly and nothing more could be done.
His son, Chemi Peres, spoke to the press in this difficult moment. “The loss we feel today belongs to all of Israel, we all share this pain” he said.
Rafi Valden, the son-in-law of Shimon Peres, was also his personal physician. He said that Peres had generally been in good health until his stroke earlier this month. He said that President Obama had called and spoke to the daughter of Shimon Peres. The United States president expressed his condolences to the family.
Plans for the Funeral
Peres led a long and active political life. He had in turn been a member of the Knesset, a prime minister and the president of Israel. As well as holding the highest office of the country, he was a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Looking back at the life of the man who has recently passed away, there are many things worth mentioning. The image of a full life, given to serving his country of Israel presents itself.
Israeli officials are finalizing funeral arrangements. At this moment, it is likely that the body will lie in state at the Parliament in Jerusalem this Thursday. There, the public will have the chance to pay their respects. The next day, on Friday, there will be a procession from Parliament to Mt. Herzl where the burial is going to take place. The funeral is going to be a widely covered event. World leaders are going to attend and say farewell to the statesman.
On Wednesday morning, average people were remembering Shimon Peres. They expressed their feelings by posting to social media sites. Some of them were posting quotes from him. One of the quotes was from a TED talk that Shimon Peres gave in Tel Aviv in 2015. Peres said, looking back, that his greatest mistake was that his dreams had been too small.
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