“If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.”
Shimon Peres (1923- )
Born in Poland, Peres’s family moved to Palestine in 1934. Raised on a kibbutz, he entered politics through an agriculturalist party and with his mentor David Ben-Gurion was one of the people who created the state of Israel in the 40’s. By 1952, at the age of 29, he was Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, the youngest person to hold that post. Elected to the Knesset in 1959, he spent the rest of his life in the Israeli government as, sequentially, Minister of Defense, Transportation, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. He was instrumental in the Oslo Peace Accords with the PLO, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. He served as the 9th President of Israel from 2007 to 2014, the oldest serving head of state. Barack Obama recognized him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.