Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Former Israeli Leader dies at 93

Shimon Peres served in Israel's parliament for nearly 50 years: he served as a minister in 12 different cabinets, was president once, and prime minister twice. Overall he served in the government for over 70 years. Peres was the last surviving member of the group of Israeli leaders who witnessed the creation of Israel as a state in 1948 and he was a founder of the Labor Zionist Youth Movement. He was also considered the "father of Israel's aeronautic and nuclear programs". Peres was extremely influential in helping to shape Israel and even won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for negotiating the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians. Through all his work in the government and in leading Israel, Peres held unto faith that peace could be brought to the middle east despite all the conflict he witnessed. With his generation of leadership passing on with him, I wonder how this might influence Israel and it's thoughts on peace and how to move forward with future conflict.

-Mynk Richardson-Clerk

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