One of Israel’s defining political figures and a Nobel peace prize laureate for his efforts in forging a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, has died at the age of 93.
"Peres was a partner in creating the peace of the brave with the late President Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Rabin, and has made intensive efforts to reach a long-lasting peace since the Oslo agreement and until the last breath."
-- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
''For peace, one must remember: As a bird cannot fly with one wing, as a man cannot applaud with one hand, so a country cannot make peace just with one side, with itself. For peace, we need the two of us.'' ''A solution of two national states - a Jewish state, Israel; an Arab state, Palestine. The Palestinians are our closest neighbors. I believe they may become our closest friends.'' S.Peres