By Adebayo Williams
A former Israeli prime minister, Shimon Peres has died aged 93. Peres died after he was admitted to hospital following a stroke that left him unconscious. He was best known as the statesman who along with Yitzhak Rabin agreed to recognize Israel’s longtime enemy, the Palestine Liberation Organization, as the legitimate representative of the Palestinians and embark on a process of negotiations for peace. For their efforts, Rabin, Peres, and PLO chief Yasser Arafat were awarded the Nobel Prize.
After Rabin’s assassination in 1995 at the hands of right-wing Jewish extremists opposed to territorial concessions to the Palestinians, Peres once again became prime minister. But he was unable to continue Rabin’s work due to his slim election loss to the Benjamin Netanyahu.