President Shimon Peres and his late wife decided to go their "separate ways" after he insisted on running for the presidency in 2007, the president told Yedioth Ahronoth in an interview to be released in full on Monday afternoon.
The 90-year-old Peres, who rarely discusses his personal life said that his wife Sonya asked him to retire from politics - something he couldn't accept. The remarks came as Peres is wrapping up his seven-year term as the country's largely ceremonial head of state in July.
"'Look,' I said to her, 'I have served the country, the people, all my life. This is what gives my life content, I don't even know what time off is, for me time off is like dying. I will die if I don't do this,'" Peres recounted.
"She said to me: 'You've done enough. There are other people who can serve the country now,'" he continued. "'Maybe so,' I answered, 'but I feel I can't help but do this.' So we decided to go our separate ways." (AP)