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Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders, dies

Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders, dies

The former Israeli president and prime minister was one of the country's most prominent proponents of peace.

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Shimon Peres speaking during an interview in the president's residence in Jerusalem, April 10, 2013. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Clintons, Obama and Kerry to join world leaders at Peres funeral in Jerusalem

Shimon Peres and President Obama meeting in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2014. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama delivers passionate farewell to Peres: ‘Todah rabah, Shimon’

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Jewish groups praise Shimon Peres as respected statesman and peacemaker

The late Israeli president was being remembered as "a friend," "a giant" and "a beacon of light."

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Israel & Middle East

Mahmoud Abbas waiting to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sends condolence letter to Peres family

The Palestinian Authority president called Peres a "brave" partner for peace.

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OSLO, NORWAY - 1994:  In this handout from the Government Press Office, (R-L) Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leasder Yaser Arafat, the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners for 1994, in Olso, Norway. (Photo by Government Press Office via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Yitzak Rabin;Shimon Peres;Yaser Arafat

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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.

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