From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9):
On Wednesday, September 28, at the age of 93, Shimon Peres passed away after a lifetime of service to his country. He was a founder of the State of Israel and regarded as a prominent leader in the development of Israel’s strong defense. Peres was also the Ninth President of Israel, the Prime Minister, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and founder of the Peres Center for Peace.
Peres was highly regarded around the world for his persistent efforts to improve relations between the Israelis and Palestinians.
I was fortunate to meet with him during a visit to his peace institute in Israel several years ago. Among other initiatives, the center brings Palestinian and Israeli children together for activities such as soccer, to foster understanding of the opposing cultures.
Often in life when people are able to actually interact with each other, although they may disagree, they no longer view the other as the enemy. Instead, they see one another as people. Peres was devoted to implementing this belief.
The current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, although a political rival, noted in a statement on his passing, “Shimon devoted his life to our nation and to the pursuit of peace. He set his gaze on the future. He did so much to protect our people. He worked to his last days for peace and a better future for all.”
I am sorry for Israel’s loss of this great man.
If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov