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Shimon Peres Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

Former Israeli President and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

The 93-year-old leader was taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer near Tel Aviv after telling his doctor he felt ill.

“He is stable and fully conscious,” his office said in a statement.

In order to conduct further tests, doctors decided to sedate Peres and put him on a respirator, sources told Haaretz. They said Peres will soon undergo a CT scan to assess his condition.

Peres, a former prime minister and veteran politician, was an architect of a 1993 interim peace deal with the Palestinians known as the Oslo Accords.

On Twitter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Peres, a onetime bitter political rival, “a speedy recovery.”

“Shimon, we love you, and the entire nation hopes for your recovery,” Netanyahu Tweeted.

Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Israeli opposition Labor party Peres had once headed posted on Twitter: “We wish you….a speedy recovery and swift return to voicing your clear words of wisdom.”

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The doctor had successfully implanted a pacemaker for Peres a week ago. Peres was diagnosed in July with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm.

In January, Peres had a heart attack and then cardiac angioplasty to open a blocked artery. He was hospitalized twice more with chest pains.

In an interview in January with JTA, just days before his heart attack, Peres said he was busier than ever, including his work with the Peres Center for Peace, which he founded.

A month earlier, social media was flooded with rumors that Peres had died, leading him to take to Facebook to declare that rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

Peres, who retired as president of Israel in 2014 after more than half a century in public life, including a stint as prime minister, won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.—With Haaretz and JTA

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