Israel’s Shimon Peres showing improvement, doctors say

Former Israeli President Peres hospitalized with 'brain-related event'

There was “certain optimism after doctors “lessened the dose of sedation”, he said, adding the former president was being sedated and ventilated again to let his brain recover”. Yitzhak Kreiss, said late Tuesday that Peres had suffered “a stroke with significant bleeding [on the brain], he underwent treatment, and is now sedated and intubated in intensive care”.

A spokeswoman for Shimon Peres says the former Israeli president has suffered a stroke and been rushed to a hospital.

In January, Peres was hospitalised twice for heart trouble.

“Mr Peres this morning is stable, in a critical condition but stable”.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he prays for Peres and hopes “that he will again prove that he can overcome hard conditions”. Perhaps most notably, Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for negotiating the Oslo peace accord with the Palestinians, a prize he shared with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Peres, 93, is considered the country’s leading elder statesman and his long career as a politician and as a booster of regional peace efforts have made him into a darling in Israel and overseas.

He served as Israel’s ninth president between 2007 and 2014, a mostly ceremonial post that turned him to be one of the country’s most popular presidents.

“We were happy to see that when there was a short pause in the anaesthetics, we realised that he’s responsive, that he’s probably attentive to what we’re saying to him”. His office said Peres received a pacemaker last week.

Israelis leaders expressed their prayers for a full recovery. “He became an historic figure, larger than politics, larger than everyday affairs, a figure in a league of his own”, wrote Yediot Ahronot columnist Nahum Barnea.

Statements of concern flooded in from across the political spectrum and dozens of journalists gathered outside the hospital, Israel’s largest, awaiting word on his condition.

Valdan said he did not believe there was an imminent threat to Peres’ life, but called it a hard time for the family.

“Shimon, we love you, and the entire nation hopes for your recovery”, Netanyahu wrote on Twitter in Hebrew.

Chief Rabbi David Lau called on the public to pray for Peres.

“We are still in a battle and it is the beginning of the battle”, he told Israel’s Army Radio.