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9th President of Israel
In office
15 July 2007 – 24 July 2014
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
Benjamin Netanyahu
Preceded by Moshe Katsav
Succeeded by Reuven Rivlin
8th Prime Minister of Israel
In office
4 November 1995 – 18 June 1996
Acting: 4 November 1995 – 22 November 1995
President Ezer Weizman
Preceded by Yitzhak Rabin
Succeeded by Benjamin Netanyahu
In office
13 September 1984 – 20 October 1986
President Chaim Herzog
Preceded by Yitzhak Shamir
Succeeded by Yitzhak Shamir
In office
22 April 1977 – 21 June 1977
President Ephraim Katzir
Preceded by Yitzhak Rabin
Succeeded by Menachem Begin
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 March 2001 – 2 November 2002
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Deputy Michael Melchior
Preceded by Shlomo Ben-Ami
Succeeded by Benjamin Netanyahu
In office
14 July 1992 – 22 November 1995
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Deputy Yossi Beilin
Eli Dayan
Preceded by David Levy
Succeeded by Ehud Barak
In office
20 October 1986 – 23 December 1988
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
Preceded by Yitzhak Shamir
Succeeded by Moshe Arens
Minister of Defence
In office
4 November 1995 – 18 June 1996
Preceded by Yitzhak Rabin
Succeeded by Yitzhak Mordechai
In office
3 June 1974 – 20 June 1977
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Preceded by Moshe Dayan
Succeeded by Ezer Weizman
Minister of Finance
In office
22 December 1988 – 15 March 1990
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
Preceded by Moshe Nissim
Succeeded by Yitzhak Shamir
Minister of Transportation
In office
1 September 1970 – 10 March 1974
Prime Minister Golda Meir
Preceded by Ezer Weizman
Succeeded by Aharon Yariv
Member of the Knesset
In office
3 November 1959 – 13 June 2007
Personal details
Szymon Perski

(1923-08-02)2 August 1923
Wiszniew, Poland
Died 28 September 2016(2016-09-28) (aged 93)
Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, Ramat Gan, Israel
Resting place Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel
Political party Mapai (1959–1965)
Rafi (1965–1968)
Labor (1968–2005)
Kadima (2005–2016)
Other political
Alignment (1965–1991)
Sonya Gelman
(m. 1945; died 2011)
Children Zvia
Alma mater The New School
New York University
Harvard University
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (1994)
Signature Shimon Peres Signature.svg
Military service
Allegiance  Israel
Branch/service Haganah
Israeli Defense Forces

Shimon Peres (Hebrew: שמעון פרס; born Szymon Perski; 2 August 1923 – 28 September 2016) was a Polish-born Israeli statesman. He was the President of the State of Israel. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel. He also served as Interim Prime Minister twice. Peres has been a member of 12 cabinets. His political career spanned over 66 years.

He was one of three leaders who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. The others were Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat. All three got the prizes for trying to make peace in the Middle East.

On September 13, 2016, Peres, aged 93, suffered a severe stroke and was hospitalized in Ramat Gan, Israel. He had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. Two days later, he was reported as being in a serious but stable condition. However, on September 26, an examination found damage to his brainstem. He died on September 28 of complications from the stroke.

His cousin was the American Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall. Their fathers were brothers.

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