Israeli Leader Shimon Peres Dies

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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres, a joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, died at 93.

Peres was part of almost every major political development in Israel since its founding in 1948. In a 70-year career, he served in a dozen cabinets and was twice prime minister.

He was first elected to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, in 1959 and barring a brief interlude in early 2006, held his seat for 48 years, until he became president in 2007.

He shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with the late former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for reaching an interim peace deal in 1993, the Oslo Accords, which never turned into a lasting treaty.

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