Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, an omnipresent figure of the Israeli state, chief architect of its nuclear weapons program and a driving force behind its interim peace accords with the Palestinians, died Wednesday. He was 93.
The Nobel peace laureate had been hospitalized in the city of Ramat Gan over the last two weeks after suffering a stroke.
“With tears we confirm the passing of former President, Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Israel has lost a founding father, a light for peace,” the Israel News Agency said on Twitter.
Israel Radio reported that plans had been made for a public viewing of Peres' coffin at the parliament building in Jerusalem, as...