> A founder of Israel, Shimon Peres dead at 93. Two weeks after suffering a major stroke. Peres was involved in some of the most important events of Israel's history. Never leaving the public stage during the nation's 70 years. Serving twice as Prime Minister and holding every other major office during his career, including president until two years ago.
Peres entered politics with an aggressive outlook leading Israel's nuclear stockpile and advocating Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. But later in life, he worked for peace and acceptance with the Arab world. His biggest breakthrough the 1993 Oslo Accords, shaking hands with Yassir Arafat on the White House lawn as Bill Clinton looked on.
It was the first steps towards mutual recognition of Palestine, a framework that would later stall and sputter out. But Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize for it. His fight for peace often ran against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hawkish government, using his presidency to encourage closer ties with Palestine.
Earlier this month Peres received a pacemaker after a series of heart issues. Telling reports that the time I feel great when can I get back to work already I am bored.