>> Former Israeli President and Prime Minister and one of the country's foremost statesman, Shimon Peres, has died at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering what his doctors called a massive stroke. I'm Luke Baker, the Bureau Chief of Reuters in Jerusalem. Shimon Peres was undoubtedly one of Israel's foremost statesman.
During a political career spanning 70 years, he held almost every high office, from Defense Minister to Prime Minister twice and President. He's perhaps best known for having jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 with he, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, jointly receiving the award for the work they did on the Oslo Accords.
At the time a groundbreaking agreement that many thought and hoped would lead to a definitive peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. While Peres was undoubtedly a vastly influential figure in the Israeli political landscape, his passing is not expected to have any direct influence on relations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
His last high office as President was a largely ceremonial role. And he had not had a direct impact on negotiations or in any way ethics to bring Israelis and the Palestinians together for at least a decade. Although, his own foundation, the Shimon Peres Foundation had worked behind the scenes tirelessly to try and bring about means of peace between both sides.
Peres's funeral is expected to be held on Friday with many world leaders in attendance. U.S. President Barack Obama said that a light had gone out with Peres's death, said that he would attend the funeral. French President Francois Hollande is also expected to attend, and many others from around the world including Britain's Prince Charles.