Shimon Peres: A life in pictures

By COMPILED BY MICHELLE MALKA GROSSMAN,
September 28, 2016 11:02

Remembering the legendary life of Shimon Peres, the last of Israel's founding fathers, 1923-2016.




Shimon Peres family

Shimon and Sonia Peres with their three children on November 15, 1958. (photo credit:AVRAHAM VERED / IDF AND DEFENSE MINISTRY ARCHIVES)

Shimon Peres, former president, former prime minister, former defense minister, former foreign minister, former minister of eight other ministries, the last surviving member of Israel’s founding fathers, and winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize died Wednesday after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. He was 93 years old.

The longest serving of all of Israel’s public servants, Peres was a person about whom it could rightly be said: The history of the State of Israel is the history of Shimon Peres.

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A young Shimon Peres in Poland before his family immigrated to Israel (photo credit: Government Press Office)


Peres was born August 2, 1923, in Wiszniewo, Poland, as Szymon Perski, and immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of 11. He grew up in Tel Aviv, attending the Balfour and Geula schools in Tel Aviv, and the agricultural high school in Ben Shemen. He spent several years at Kibbutz Geva and Kibbutz Alumot, of which he was one of the founders. In 1943, was elected secretary of the Labor-Zionist youth movement.

Shimon and Sonia Peres when they were dating (photo credit: Government Press Office)


Then-Defense Ministry director-general Shimon Peres (seated second right) attends a meeting of the IDF General Staff with prime minister David Ben-Gurion in 1961. Peres is sitting between then-finance minster Levi Eshkol and then-agriculture minister Moshe Dayan (photo credit: GPO)

In a career spanning nearly 70 years, Peres was considered a servant of the state who was intimately involved in every aspect of the country’s history since before its founding. In his 48 years in parliament – from the fourth Knesset in 1959 through the 17th in 2007 – Peres served in various parliamentary groups, including Mapai, Rafi, Labor, the Alignment, Labor, One Israel, Labor-Meimad, Labor-Meimad-Am Ehad and Kadima. His main affiliation was serving as chairman of the Labor Party.

From Left: Shimon Peres, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan (photo credit: AVRAHAM VERED / IDF AND DEFENSE MINISTRY ARCHIVES)

Yitzhak Rabin (2nd left) next to Shimon Peres, when he was the Defense Ministry's deputy director-general, with then-prime minister David Ben-Gurion to his right at a meeting for soldiers in 1959 (photo credit: Moshe Eitan / IDF AND DEFENSE MINISTRY ARCHIVES)

Shimon Peres reading the headlines with David Ben-Gurion
Then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin (C) and then-defense minister Shimon Peres (2nd L) greet hostages rescued from Entebbe back in Israel (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE/URI HERTZL TZHIK/IDF ARCHIVE)

Then Prime Minister Shimon Peres greets newly released Prisoner of Zion Natan Sharansky at Ben-Gurion Airport where he was flown from Germany after being freed from a Soviet prison, February 11, 1986.(photo credit: GPO)

Former PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, then foreign minister Shimon Peres and then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin (from L to R) show their shared Nobel Peace Prize awards to the audience in Oslo on December 10, 1994 (photo credit: REUTERS)

A lifetime searching for peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors was rewarded on December 10, 1994, when Peres – along with then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat – received a Nobel Peace Prize. The award recognized their work as the architects of the 1993 interim peace deal known as the Oslo Accords – a pact that to Peres’s dismay never hardened into a lasting treaty.


Shimon Peres sings alongside Miri Aloni and Yitzhak Rabin at a peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995. Rabin was assassinated shortly afterward (photo credit: NOAM WIND)

Peres’s string of government roles included two stints as prime minister – from 1984 to 1986 as part of a rotational government, and for seven months in 1995 and 1996 after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin – as well as minister of immigrant absorption, transportation, information, defense, communications (or posts and telegraphs as it was known at the time), internal affairs, religious affairs, foreign affairs, finance, regional cooperation, and development of the Negev and Galilee, serving in some of those positions more than once. He also served several times as acting prime minister, deputy prime minister and vice prime minister.

 Former US president Bill Clinton (R) witth former president Shimon Peres (photo credit: REUTERS)

South Africn President Nelson Mandela exchanges views with Shimon Peres after their meeting in Cape Town, October 1996(photo credit: REUTERS)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth receives Shimon Peres at Buckingham Palace, November 2008 (photo credit: REUTERS)

 Chemi Peres (L) standing next to his father, former President Shimon Peres in 2008 (photo credit: JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Shimon Peres kisses then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as he gives her flowers after their meeting in Jerusalem, March 2009 (photo credit: REUTERS)

Henry Kissinger and Shimon Peres in Toronto (photo credit: SOH)

 Shimon Peres writes on a blackboard with Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, March 2012 (photo credit: REUTERS)

Barack Obama honors Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in 2012 (photo credit: GPO)

Shimon Peres during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Jerusalem, June 2013 (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa (photo credit: ORI~/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN, former president Shimon Peres, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu don virtual reality goggles at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa

Pope Francis and former president Shimon Peres chat at the Vatican (photo credit: Courtesy)



A framed photograph comemmorating former president Shimon Peres, who died on September 28, 2016 (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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