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Jewish groups praise Peres as respected statesman and peacemaker

Jewish groups in Israel, the United States and around the world lauded former Israeli president Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday, as a respected leader and a warrior for peace.

“Peres was always driven by a deep sense of responsibility toward the entire Jewish people. He concerned himself with the fate and future of the entire nation, but also with each of its sons and daughters, both near and far,” Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel said.

Sharansky recalled that Peres was “the first Israeli” he saw when he arrived from Russia after his many years in prison and that he would always remember the then-prime minister as “the individual who started the Israeli chapter of my life.” 

Peres served as president of Israel from 2007 to 2014. He served twice for short terms as prime minister.

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. President Ellen Hershkin said her organization lost more than a powerful senior statesman and peacemaker. “We have lost more than a strong defender of Israel, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a father of the Oslo Accords, a past prime minister and president.” Her members, she said, have lost “a friend.”

“An important part of our people is no longer with us and our collective heart is aching.” European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said in a statement.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
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