Shimon Peres was a former Prime Minister and President of Israel. He was one of the most seasoned politicians of Israel with a political career spanning over six decades. He served in several military and diplomatic posts at the time of the ‘War of Independence’ of Israel. Immediately after the war, he served as Deputy Director-General of Defense and later Director General. A Polish-born Israeli statesman, he remained a member of twelve cabinets, being first elected to the Knesset in November 1959. He continuously served the Knesset till 2007 barring a three months break in 2006. In Knesset he represented five different parties at different times namely ‘Rafi’, ‘Israeli Labor Party’, Mapai, ‘Kadima’ and the ‘Alignment’. He also remained Interim Prime Minister for a couple of times. He became the President of Israel in June 2007 and served a term of seven years. During his tenure as foreign minister of Israel he aided in negotiating a peace accord with the then chairman of the ‘Palestine Liberation Organisation’, Yāsir ʿArafāt. Both of them along with Yitzhak Rabin, the then Prime Minister of Israel, received the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ jointly in 1994 for peace efforts.
Also Known As
Szymon Perski, Fmr P.M. Shimon Peres
Former President of Israel
Place Of Death
Ben Shemen Youth Village, Harvard University, New York University, The New School
Peres Center for Peace
Nehemia Peres, Yoni Peres, Zvia Valdan