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Shimon Peres' legacy 'will remain with us all'

Rafi Walden reads a statement on Wednesday. Credit: Reuters

Rafi Walden, Shimon Peres' doctor and son-in-law, has said his legacy "will remain with us all".

Shimon Peres left us without suffering.

Until the day of the stroke, he was fully fit. Ten months ago, he suffered a minor heart attack, treated at the Sheba Medical Centre, and his recovery was astounding.

He returned to full activity at the Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation, including trips to South Africa, Canada, meeting with the Pope and many others.

During his meetings across the world, we were amazed time and again, including the past years, to see world leaders stand before him like students before the Rabbi, eager to hear his wisdom.

We all believed that so much more still awaited him. That Israel and the world would continue to benefit from his contributions. His life ended abruptly, when he was still working on his great passion: strengthening the country and striving for peace. His legacy will remain with us all.

Thank you.

– Rafi Walden

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Barack Obama pays tribute to Shimon Peres

Obama presents the presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Shimon Peres in 2012. Credit: Reuters

US President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Shimon Peres as a man who "was rooted in his own unshakeable moral foundation and unflagging optimism".

Obama said Peres was "guided by a vision of the human dignity and progress that he knew people of goodwill could advance together".

Noting how he had fought for the nation's independence and served public office for seven decades, President Obama called Peres "the essence of Israel itself".

"A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever".

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