Former Israeli president Shimon Peres in grave condition

Published: September 27, 2016
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This file photo taken on May 9, 2016 shows former Israeli president Shimon Peres looking on during the opening of the "Mini World Cup for Peace" football event at the Herzlyia stadium, in the Israeli city of Herzlyia near Tel Aviv. PHOTO: AFP

This file photo taken on May 9, 2016 shows former Israeli president Shimon Peres looking on during the opening of the "Mini World Cup for Peace" football event at the Herzlyia stadium, in the Israeli city of Herzlyia near Tel Aviv. PHOTO: AFP

TEL AVIV: Close relatives of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres rushed to his hospital bedside on Tuesday amid media reports that his condition had deteriorated and he was close to death.

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Peres, 93, was hospitalised following a major stroke two weeks ago and his condition was improving before he suffered a severe setback on Tuesday, according to Israeli media.

A hospital spokeswoman said his condition “was and remains serious, there is a real threat to his life. He arrived two weeks ago when we were more optimistic but over time there has been no improvement, so naturally there is less optimism”.

Peres, Israel’s most eminent elder statesman, 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.

He 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.

Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by an Israeli ultra-nationalist who opposed the interim accords, and it was Peres who took over as prime minister after Rabin’s death.

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Interior Minister Aryeh Deri of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party visited Peres’s bedside on Tuesday and, close to tears, told reporters afterwards: “We heard (from the doctors) of his serious and deteriorating condition and we are all praying. We are all used to seeing an active and intense Shimon.”

Family members seen arrived to the hospital declined to comment on Peres’s condition.

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Sep 28, 2016 - 12:39AM

    Shalom to all peace loving Jews and Israelis. I wish Mr. Peres a complete recovery….amenRecommend

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