The Orthodox Union mourns the passing of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, a ‘lion of Israel’, a world-renowned leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel and to the Jewish people.
Peres was a beacon of light in times of darkness for our people. As a valiant defender of independence since the days of the Haganah, as a political prodigy, rising in the ranks of Israeli government at a young age, and as an historic pursuer of peace, Peres was truly extraordinary, and we are poorer without him.
In serving as Israel’s president, with remarkable dignity, he served as the face of Israel to the nations, always prepared to extend an olive branch but also a vigilant defender of the Jewish State and its sovereignty.
As someone who built lasting bridges across the secular-religious divide in Israeli society, Peres knew intimately the importance of Israel’s Jewish identity in the state’s vibrant character. His legacy inspires us to continue doing our work, ensuring a strong Jewish future with a strong Jewish state.
Our condolences go to the Peres family; may they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.