Shimon Peres 'had this amazing magnetism', says Jewish Chronicle editor

Shimon Peres: 'He did have this amazing magnetism', says The Jewish Chronicle

Shimon Peres has passed away at the age of 93 (Getty)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The editor of the Jewish Chronicle described Shimon Peres as a man of "amazing magnetism" after the former Israeli president died at the age of 93.

Peres, who was born in Poland but moved to was then Palestine as a child, served twice as Israel's Prime Minister, and once as President.

In 1994 he won the won the Nobel Peace prize for negotiating the Oslo accords, jointly with then Israeli-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. 

Peres suffered a stroke two weeks ago, and whilst his condition at first improved, he deteriorated on Tuesday. His funeral will take place in Jerusalem on Friday, and many figures from around the world are expected to attend, including Prince Charles, Barack Obama and Pope Francis.

Journalist Stephen Pollard, who met Peres, joined Paul Ross and reflected on his life. "He was just the most astonishingly accomplished man, in his almost century of living, he had a series of different careers, each one of which would have been an astonishing triumph for anyone.

"The Israel that he founded was a country that was dependent on foreign aid, was a very small country in the desert that had very little natural resources and had very shaky foundations. The Israel of today, in part due to the role that Peres played over his entire political career, it's one of the leading economies in the world," he explained. "The Israel that Peres created is a major state in the world now.

"He had charm, he had astonishing wisdom, but the only word I can think of, and I don't mean it in a strange way, is he flirted with you, there was a sort of twinkle in his eye," he added. "He did have this amazing magnetism.

"Once he became president in his 80s, and was clearly no longer a political figure and acted as the father of the nation, then I think people did start to genuinely love him."

Listen to the full interview to find out more