Posted on1 October, 2016 | 01:52

The death of Israel former president Shimon Peres and his political review

The death of Israel former President Shimon Peres, is being the main global subject on the diplomatic affair, coming back to his role in the country’s politics in 70 years. He died at his 93, this Wednesday after spending two weeks at the hospital suffering from the deadly massive stroke, Reuters reports.

The world leaders reflect on his full and persistent engagement fighting for the Middle East peace, as they mourn in the memory of his restless hand-giving in peace fighting, as he won the Nobel Peace Prize of 1994.

US President Barack Obama says that it is the light that fades,
"There are few people who we share this world with, who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves," Obama said in a statement. "My friend Shimon was one of those people."

\Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also said that Shimon is the strong visionary of the region, that the world has ever had. "Shimon got the global recognition and dignity that spanned the world. World leaders wanted to be in his proximity and respected him. Along with us, many of them will accompany him on his last journey to eternal rest in the soil of Jerusalem." Said Netanyahu despite the great period of rivalry that the two held.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also issued a statement expressing the condolences addressed to the family expressing his "agony and regret" and praising Peres’s "exclusive efforts to touch on a lasting peace until his last days".

President of Rwandan Republic Paul Kagame, also reacted on Peres’ departure as he dedicates condolences to all the Israelis. Through his twitter handle, President Kagame came back on Peres’ significant role in the Israel politics. “Our heartfelt condolences to the people of Israel...for the passing of a remarkable Statesman Shimon Peres! Same to the family and loved ones.” President Kagame said.

On the other hand, Palestinian, mainly in Gaza, are cerebrating the death of Peres. "The Palestinian people are happy over the departure of this criminal, who was involved in many crimes and in the bloodshed of the Palestinian people." Said Sami Abu Zuhri, the spokesman of Hamas Islamist rulers.


The funeral framework.

The funeral is scheduled on this Friday at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery, in a section dedicated to "Great Leaders of the Nation". Many leaders of honor across the world are expected to turn out, though the Israel’s Foreign Ministry could not immediately confirm the attendance list.

Obama, Britain’s Prince Charles and former U.S. president Bill Clinton are among those expected to attend, Israeli radio reported. Even, French President Francois Hollande also confirmed he would attend, accompanied by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

What is Peres’s political status?

Peres was born in Poland, and his family moved to the British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s, he was part of each and every major political development in Israel since it has founded in 1948. He served in cabinets and was ever the prime minister twice, although he did not ever win a general election, struggling to connect with ordinary voters.

Firstly, he was elected in Israel parliament in 1959 and barring a short intervention in early 2006, he held his seat for 48 years, until he became president in 2007.
In each and every single role he carried on, from shaping Israel’s defense strategy in the 1950s to running his peace foundation - Peres was famous on his energy and full commitment as well as restlessness, even recording jokey YouTube videos into his 90s. "Optimists and pessimists die the same way," he said. "They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist."

Peres ever won the Nobel Peace Prize

Peres shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with the late former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for reaching a transitional peace deal in 1993. Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by an Israeli ultra-nationalist who opposed the agreement of peace, and it was Peres who took over as prime minister after Rabin’s death.

Peres is largely regarded to have gained nuclear capabilities for Israel by acquiring the Dimona reactor from France while he was defense ministry director-general in the 1950s. As defense minister, he supervised the 1976 Israeli rescue of hijacked Israelis at Entebbe airport in Uganda.

In the Arab world, his legacy is contaminated by the 1996 attack on the United Nations compound in the village of Qana in southern Lebanon during an Israeli offensive. More than 100 civilians living there were killed. Peres was prime minister then and Israel said its forces had been aiming at aggressive firing rockets nearby. Peres was also seen to have done little to rein in the expansion of Israeli settlements on land captured during the 1967 Middle East war, even if he was not an active supporter of the policy that Obama has described as a hindrance to peace.

When he was elected president at the second attempt, Peres played a great ceremonial role, trying to shape Israel’s reputation internationally, while speaking for peace through his foundation. His presidential era was over in 2014.

Despite the influence he has had on Israel’s landscape, his death is not expected to have an impact on the already hazy hope for the return to peace talks with the Palestinians. Until his death announced at the Tel Hashomer hospital by his son Chemi and son-in-law Rafi Walden. "His life ended abruptly when he was still working on his great passion, strengthening the country and striving for peace. His legacy will remain with us all," said Walden, who was also Peres’s personal physician.

Story by Aphrodice Nshimiyimana/en.muhabura.rw


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