Obama Mourns Former Israeli PM Shimon Peres: He Changed the 'Course of Human History'
Tributes have poured in from around the world following the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
The former prime minister played a key role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord that earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.
The 93-year-old Peres died due to complications of a stroke. His funeral will take place in Jerusalem Friday.
In a statement, President Obama said: “There are few people who we share this world with, who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people.”
Peres’ son, Chemi, released a statement on behalf of the family, saying that his father had been getting treatments since suffering a stroke on September 13.
Our father's legacy has always been to look to tomorrow," he said. "We were privileged to be part of his private family, but today we sense that the entire nation of Israel and the global community share this great loss. We share this pain together."
Bill and Hillary Clinton said in a statement they “lost a true and treasured friend."
Peres spoke to Inside Edition after President Obama won his historic first election in 2008.
The former Israeli leader believed Obama had the “charm, talent and charisma” to help bring peace to his area of the world.