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Shimon Peres, pragmatist and visionary who embodied Israel's saga

In different phases of his life, Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister, sought to prepare Israel for both war and peace.

Oded Balilty/AP/File

Shimon Peres, who died early Wednesday morning, served as one of Israel's most prominent politicians and played major roles in the founding of Israel, the development of its military might, and, later, its peace process with its neighbors.

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