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Shimon Peres suffers stroke, rushed to hospital

An Israeli TV station described the stroke as “significant” and “serious.”


 
Israeli President Shimon Peres lights a candle during a memorial service in memory of the late Israeli prime minister Yitzak Rabin (portrait R) in Jerusalem on November 08, 2011. Israel marks the 16th anniversary of the assassination of the late prime minister and Nobel Peace laureate, who led the way in the effort towards peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Rabin was assassinated in Tel Aviv by a Jewish extremist. GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) lights a candle during a memorial service in memory of the late Israeli prime minister Yitzak Rabin Jerusalem on November 08, 2011. GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday suffered a stroke and was rushed to a hospital.

His office said the 93-year-old’s condition was stable and that he was fully conscious. It gave no further details, but Channel 10 TV, citing hospital officials, said he was awake but confused, and that tests had determined he suffered a stroke.

Another TV station, Channel 2, reporting from the hospital, described the stroke as “significant” and “serious.” Early this year, Peres was twice hospitalized for heart problems but quickly released.

Peres has held virtually every senior political office in Israel over a seven-decade career, including three terms as prime minister as well as stints as foreign minister and finance minister.

He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an interim peace agreement with the Palestinians. As president, a largely ceremonial office, he cultivated an image as the country’s elder statesman and became a popular fixture at international conferences like the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Peres has remained active since completing his seven-year term as president in 2014, and is one of the country’s most popular public figures. He often hosts public events at his peace centre, bringing together Arabs and Jews in efforts to promote peace and coexistence.

In a message posted on Facebook, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Peres a speedy recovery. “Shimon, we love you and the entire nation wishes you get well,” he said.


 
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