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Shimon Peres, the last Israeli giant

The era of former president Shimon Peres, the last Israeli who was “there” — when Israel was established — is coming to its end.
Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks to the media during a news conference in the southern town of Sderot July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSNKPZ
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On the evening of Sept. 13, it looked like it was all over. Former President Shimon Peres, 93, the last active leader of Israel’s founding generation, was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a stroke. At first, he was conscious and relatively lucid, but after about half an hour, it emerged that the internal bleeding in Peres’ brain was spreading. Doctors were forced to sedate and intubate him. In a statement to journalists, his son Chemi said, “It seems that we will soon be required to make decisions, but not at the moment.”

It was clear to the family’s inner circle that should the situation continue to deteriorate, they would let Peres depart this world peacefully. They would not beg the doctors to keep him on life support in a persistent vegetative state, as in the case of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who also suffered a stroke, in January 2006, but only died eight years later, in 2014.

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