Queens, New York Assemblyman David Weprin issued the following statement on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister, President and Nobel Prize Laureate Shimon Peres:
I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister, President and Nobel Prize Laureate Shimon Peres. President and Prime Minister Peres was an exemplary leader, one who showed strength and courage during times of conflict, while displaying his humanity and compassion for others as he fought for peace. As a founder of Israel and proponent of peace, his loss is not only tragic for the people of Israel and the greater Jewish diaspora, but for all who strive for a vision of harmony and togetherness. His legacy of justice and understanding will be remembered by each of us; and I express my sincerest condolences to the Peres Family and the people of Israel on this fateful day.