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For over six decades Shimon Peres dutifully served his country, holding nearly every important political office, including both that of prime minister and president.

By Israel Today Staff |

Shimon Peres was born on 2 August 1923 in Poland as Szymon Perski. At the age of 11, Peres, along with his mother and younger brother, Gershon, moved to pre-state Israel to join his father, who had immigrated two years earlier. At just 29-years-of-age, Peres was tapped by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, to be his personal advisor and to serve as director-general of the Ministry of Defense.

Peres’ political career was characterized by a constant struggle with his Labor Party rival, Yitzhak Rabin....

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