Shimon Peres (Hebrew:שמעון פרס) is the ninth President of the State of Israel. Peres served twice as the eighth Prime Minister of Israel and once as Interim Prime Minister and has been member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years!!
Peres is a former Vice-President of the Socialist International; former chairman of the Labor Party and an architect of the 1994 Oslo Accords, for which he was awarded (with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat) the Nobel Peace Prize.
He studied at the Ben Shemen Agricultural School, and was one of the founders of Kibbutz Alumot in the Jordan Valley. He was politically active from the age of 16 and was elected Secretary of the Labor Youth Movement in 1943.
On June 13, 2007, the Knesset elected Shimon Peres to serve as the Ninth President of Israel.
Peres is also a successful author: he has published books in Hebrew, French and English on many subjects.
In October 1997 he created the Peres Center for Peace with the aim of advancing Arab-Israeli joint ventures. He is widowed, and has three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.