Things You Didn’t Know Israel's Legend Shimon Peres [Tribute]

| September 28 , 2016 , 08:47 IST
  • Shimon Peres was on 2 August 1923 in Wiszniew, Poland
  • In 1952, he was appointed Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, and the following year, he became Director-General. At age 29, he was the youngest person to hold this position.
  • Peres was first elected to the Knesset in the 1959 elections, as a member of the Mapai party.
  • In 1969, Peres was appointed Minister of Immigrant Absorption and in 1970 became Minister of Transportation and Communications.
  • In 1974, after a period as Information Minister, he was appointed Minister of Defense in the Yitzhak Rabin government
  • Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years
  • On 13 June 2007, Peres was elected President of the State of Israel by the Knesset. He was the longest serving President in Israeli political history from 2007 to 2014.
  • Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for the peace talks that he participated in as Israeli Foreign Minister, producing the Oslo Accords.
  • After a massive stroke, Peres suffered irreversible brain damage and organ failure, and later died on 28 September 2016.
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