14 September 2016 at 2:59 GMT
Former Israeli president Shimon Peres is in a serious but stable condition in intensive care in Tel Aviv after suffering a major stroke. His office said doctors had decided not to operate on the 93-year-old Nobel peace laureate for the time being. Peres is an Israeli elder statesman and two-time prime minister who spearheaded peace efforts with the Palestinians after changing his stance over the issue. He has been a towering figure in Israeli politics for decades and is the country's last surviving founding father. Beyond his accomplishments in the public eye, he is also seen as a driving force in the development of Israel's undeclared nuclear program. He is particularly lauded abroad and his lavish 80th birthday party was attended by ex-US president Bill Clinton and the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. Peres once confided that the secret to his longevity was daily gymnastics, eating little and drinking one or two glasses of good wine.
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