Former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres died on Tuesday, September 27. He was 93. Even though he suffered a massive stroke about two weeks ago, Shimon's health condition had shown improvement for a brief period before worsening on Tuesday.
Shimon Peres during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Jerusalem, June 2013. Israel's most eminent elder statesman, Peres was part of almost every major development from the country's founding in 1948. In a career spanning nearly 70 years, he served in a dozen cabinets and was twice a Labour prime minister.Reuters
Shimon was one of the defining figures of Israel's political scene and although he had never ushered a party to election victory, he held important public offices. Born on August 2 1923 in Poland to a lumber merchant, Shimon moved to Tel Aviv a decade later. There, he attended the agricultural school and later joined a commune, kick-starting a flourishing career in politics.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for being one of the key designers of Oslo Accords, which was one of the first peace agreements between Israelis and the Palestinians. Shimon shares the honour with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Shimon Peres at the age of thirteen in Poland, August 1936.Reuters
Israel's Defence Minister David Ben Gurion (C) stands with Moshe Dayan, the military's Chief of Staff, and Director General of the Ministry of Defence Shimon Peres (R) in Tel Aviv, February 1955.Reuters
Security Advisor Ariel Sharon (L) confers with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (C) during a flight on a military helicopter, December 1975. To the right is Israeli Defence Minister Shimon Peres.Reuters
Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Yitzhak Navon, Prime Minister Shimon Peres (2nd R), and Defence Minister Yitzhak Rabin (3rd R) are briefed by army Chief of Staff Moshe Levy during a large scale military maneuver, December 1985.Reuters
Shimon Peres shakes hands with Jerusalem's Mayor Teddy Kollek during an event marking Israel's Independence Day, April 1977.Reuters
Israel's Prime Minister Shimon Peres sits with Defence Minister Yitzhak Rabin aboard a helicopter during a flight to Israel's border with Lebanon and to southern Lebanon, November 1984.Reuters
Shimon and Sonya Peres in October 1984.Reuters
Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the late former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for reaching, in 1993, an interim peace deal which never hardened into a lasting treaty.Reuters
Israel's President Shimon Peres looks up at the bullet holes in the ceiling from the February 1981 coup attempt during his visit to the Spanish parliament in Madrid, February 2011.Reuters
Shimon Peres with Israeli and Palestinian children during an event opening a year of training of an Israeli-Palestinian soccer program launched by the Peres Center for Peace, in Kibbutz Dorot, outside the Gaza Strip, September 2014.Reuters
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chats with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a ceremony marking Remembrance Day for the fallen soldiers on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, in Jerusalem, April 2013.Reuters
Shimon Peres smiles as he sits on the Iron Throne during the opening of the Game of Thrones exhibition in Tel Aviv, April 2015.Reuters
South African President Nelson Mandela exchanges views with Shimon Peres after their meeting in Cape Town, October 1996.Reuters
Jerusalem, Israel Shimon Peres kisses U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as he gives her flowers after their meeting in Jerusalem, March 2009.Reuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth receives Shimon Peres at Buckingham Palace, November 2008. During the meeting the Queen presented him with the order of St Michael and St George.Reuters
Shimon Peres writes on a blackboard with Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, March 2012.Reuters