RJC Statement on the Passing of Shimon Peres

Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2016) --  The Republican Jewish Coalition released the following statement in response to the passing of Shimon Peres:

"The RJC notes with sadness the passing of one of Israel’s finest public servants and the longest-serving Member of Knesset, Shimon Peres. From his start as Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, through service as Minister of Transportation, Minister of Finance, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, as Prime Minister, and finally as President of Israel, Peres’ focus was always on the security and development of the Jewish state.

"Shimon Peres was the last remaining national leader of the generation that founded the State of Israel. He and his comrades, such as Yitzhak Rabin, Yitzhak Shamir, Ariel Sharon, and Ezer Weizman, fought the War of Independence, built the State of Israel, and guided its development into the flourishing modern democracy and regional power that it is today. Peres was a man of vision and a good friend of the United States. May his memory be a blessing." - Matt Brooks, RJC Executive Director