Former Israeli President Shimon Peres discusses with French President Francois Hollande (Not pictured) during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Etienne Laurent/Pool

(From Reuters)

Israel’s elder statesman and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres suffered a stroke on Tuesday and doctors put him in an induced coma in hospital, his office said in a statement.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres discusses with French President Francois Hollande (Not pictured) during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Etienne Laurent/Pool

In a career spanning nearly seven decades, Peres, 93, served in a dozen cabinets and twice as a Labour Party prime minister, even though he never won a general election outright in five tries from 1977 to 1996.

He later served as president, a largely ceremonial role in Israel, from 2007-2014, before leaving government.

“Shimon, we love you and the entire nation is wishing for your recovery,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. Read More 

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