Former president and prime minister Shimon Peres

Israel commemorates 5 years since passing of Shimon Peres

Peres Center for Peace and Innovation releases exclusive footage of former president's final speech, made shortly before suffering a fatal stroke; memorial service held at Mount Herzel National Cemetery, attended by PM Bennett and President Herzog

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Updated: 10.04.21, 13:12
Israel on Sunday commemorated the fifth Hebrew anniversary of the death of Shimon Peres, Israel's 9th President and 8th Prime Minister.
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  • A memorial service was held on Sunday at his grave in Mount Herzel National Cemetery, attended by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Issac Herzog.
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    Former president and prime minister Shimon Peres
    Former president and prime minister Shimon Peres
    Former president and prime minister Shimon Peres
    (Photo: AP)
    Peres is noted for holding office in all of Israel's public senior positions. He was the longest-serving Knesset member, serving in Israel’s parliament from 1959 to 2007.
    The former prime minister was awarded a joint Nobel Peace Prize together with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin in 1994 for the Oslo Accords peace talks with the Palestinian leadership.
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    נפתלי בנט בטקס האזכרה לשמעון פרס
    נפתלי בנט בטקס האזכרה לשמעון פרס
    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaking at a memorial service for Shimon Peres at Mount Herzel National Cemetery in Jerusalem on Monday
    (Photo: Marc Israel Sellem)
    In 1996, he founded the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, an organization dedicated to advancing tolerance within the Middle East.
    To honor the five year anniversary, the center published a final speech delivered by Peres.
    The video was recorded shortly before he suffered a stroke and was taken to the Sheba Medical Center for treatment. That stroke led to a fatal brain hemorrhage.
    Shimon Peres' final speech
    (Video: Peres Center for Peace and Innovation)
    In the video, he addresses a crowd of entrepreneurs and discusses investment in Israel.
    "People ask me: what is your greatest achievement in life? I say I wish I could have achieved more. What is your greatest mistake in life? I say: my dreams were too small. I recommend to dream big! Don’t be afraid, don’t be hesitant, leave the past for the historians," he exclaimed in the footage.

    Reprinted with permission from i24NEWS.
    First published: 12:16, 10.04.21
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