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A very important man in the history of Israel has just passed away: Shimon Peres. He was once President of Israel, and his loss is a great one for Israel.

Born in Poland on August 2, 1923, and he was fined in 1944 after he led an expedition into Negev, a closed military zone at the time. Some of Peres’s family were killed in the Holocaust. Peres was appointed Minister of Defense in 1952 after Israel’s independence. He was involved in the 1956 Suez Crisis, and he also led the Entebbe Rescue Operation, designed to free 248 travelers going to Paris were taken hostage by pro-Palestinian hijackers and flown to Uganda. The rescue was successful.

Peres became acting prime minister in 1977. Peres was also involved in the Oslo Accords, and for that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He became Prime minister again in 1995. In 2000, Peres was defeated in his first run for the presidency. In 2007, he finally succeeded and was elected president, serving until 2014. On September 13, 2016, Peres suffered a massive stroke, and he died on September 28.

Peres died a champion of Israel. He served as Minister of Defense, Prime Minister, President, and many other offices. His service to his country spanned over 60 years, and in his death, Israel lost a national hero.