Shimon Peres timeline – 1923-2016
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Shimon Peres timeline – 1923-2016

With the passing of Israel's former president, we reflect on his role in shaping Israel and the Jewish world

Stephen is the Jewish News' Foreign Editor

  • Shimon Peres  with Benjamin Netanyahu
    Shimon Peres with Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Shimon Peres greeting troops
    Shimon Peres greeting troops
  • Shimon Peres with ex-Pope Benedict XVI
    Shimon Peres with ex-Pope Benedict XVI
  • Shimon Peres at a Yitzchak Rabin memorial
    Shimon Peres at a Yitzchak Rabin memorial
  • Shimon Peres in China
    Shimon Peres in China
  • Shimon Peres
    Shimon Peres
  • Shimon Peres with John Kerry
    Shimon Peres with John Kerry
  • Shimon Peres with Benjamin Netanyahu
    Shimon Peres with Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Shimon Peres
    Shimon Peres
  • L-R: President Reuven Rivlin, PM Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-President,  PM Shimon Peres
    L-R: President Reuven Rivlin, PM Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-President, PM Shimon Peres
  • Shimon Peres speaking at an AIPAC conference
    Shimon Peres speaking at an AIPAC conference
  • Shimon Peres with Hillary Clinton
    Shimon Peres with Hillary Clinton
  • Shimon Peres (standing, third from right) with his family, ca. 1930
    Shimon Peres (standing, third from right) with his family, ca. 1930
  • Peres (center) with Ezer Weizman and King Mahendra of Nepal in 1958
    Peres (center) with Ezer Weizman and King Mahendra of Nepal in 1958
  • Shimon Peres with U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House, April 1996.
    Shimon Peres with U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House, April 1996.
  • US president Barack Obama welcomes Shimon Peres in the Oval Office
    US president Barack Obama welcomes Shimon Peres in the Oval Office
  • Peres at the 65th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ceremony with Polish president Lech Kaczyński
    Peres at the 65th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ceremony with Polish president Lech Kaczyński

Shimon Peres Timeline – 1923-2016

  • 1923  – Born in Wiszniew in Poland (now Belarus)
  • 1934 – Joins his father in British Mandate Palestine
  • 1938-41– Lives and works on a kibbutz, which he founded
  • 1941-44 – Leads the youth wing of David Ben-Gurion’s centre-left Mapai party
  • 1944 – Arrested on an illegal settlement-scouting expedition in the Negev
  • 1945 – Marries Sonya Gelman. They later have three children
  • 1946 – Chosen as a youth delegate to the Zionist Congress in Basel
  • 1947 – Joins the Haganah, the predecessor of the IDF
  • 1952 – Appointed Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Defence
  • 1953 – Promoted to Director-General, aged 29
  • 1954-56 – Plans the Suez War with the British and French
  • 1959 – Elected to the Knesset with Mapai, serving as Deputy Defence Minister
  • 1969 – Appointed Minister of Immigrant Absorption in Alignment coalition
  • 1970 – Becomes Transport Minister, then Information Minister
  • 1974 – Made Defence Minister in rival Yitzhak Rabin’s government
  • 1977 – Succeeds Rabin as head of left-wing coalition, but loses to Likud
  • 1984 – Finally wins more seats than Likud, but can’t form a government
  • 1984-88 – Rotates power with right-wing Likud, Peres acts as PM for two years
  • 1988-90 – Governs in coalition with Likud, Peres as Finance Minister
  • 1990-92 – Leads the Opposition, then Rabin forms and leads the Labor Party
  • 1992-95 – Negotiates with the Palestinians, which leads to the Oslo Accords
  • 1995 – Rabin assassinated, Peres is interim PM
  • 199697 – Loses to Benjamin Netanyahu in the election, replaced by Ehud Barak
  • 2000 – Peres runs for presidency, but loses to Moshe Katsav
  • 2001-04 – Serves as Foreign Minister in coalition under Ariel Sharon
  • 2004-05 – Leaves Labor to help Sharon form Kadima, disengages from Gaza
  • 2006 – Sharon suffers huge stroke weeks before election he was due to win
  • 200714 – Peres wins presidency, serves into his 90s, the world’s oldest premier
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