"He worked to his last days for peace and a better future for all," Israel's prime minister said.
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The president said the statesman, who died Tuesday at age 93, represented the pioneering spirit he admires in Israelis.
The Palestinian Authority president called Peres a "brave" partner for peace.
Ryan Bellerose, a non-Jew and member of one of the country's aboriginal peoples, has been hired as an advocacy coordinator for the group.
Before the London-born actress donned a red wig and delivered striking defenses of the Holocaust and free speech, she learned how to sound like the historian — a Jewish woman from Queens.